Alameda Interim City Attorney Reportedly Leaving for Barstow

It began as a video-taped event on Monday, December 20, and Alameda City Attorney Teresa Highsmith’s departure for Barstow remains unconfirmed on the Island as of Thursday, December 23.

The San Francisco Chronicle posted a video clip of Highsmith accepting a job in Barstow on Monday. Blogger John Knox White also notes on the site that she is set to start her new post in Southern California on Friday, December 24.

Know White says that Barstow contracts out its City Attorney position to Colontuono and Levin, the law firm hired by the city to investigate Alameda City Councilwoman Lena Tam earlier this year.

Yvette Abich-Garcia, the outgoing city attorney for Barstow, said Highsmith would take over the position effective December 24, reported Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal on Thursday, December 23.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Hegarty says in his story, Highsmith had not resigned from her Island post, and her contract specifically requires that she provide the city with at least a 60-day written notice if she plans to quit or retire.

Barstow is located in San Bernadino County on I-15 (and the start of I-40), north of San Bernadino, west of the Mojave Dessert and east of Bakersfield.

Highsmith’s replacement will join a growing list of interim officials in town, including Mike Noonan, interim police chief; Mike Fisher, interim fire chief; and Anne Marie Gallant, interim city manager.

Also, Alameda may be hiring an interim economic development director next month, when Leslie Little is set to leave the position.

Janet Levaux