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City Manager Charley Plummer?

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In the same morning that news of the pending departure of Hayward City Manager Jesus Armas (pictured above) hit residents’ doorsteps, former mayoral candidate Brian Schott formally issued this bombshell of a suggestion:

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Why not ask recently retired Sheriff Charles Plummer, a Hayward resident, to be the interim replacement when Armas steps down in June?

Mayor Mike Sweeney and the City Council, according to a letter Schott wrote to The Daily Review, “know how effective and respected (Plummer) is. Though only one of them attended his recent retirement dinner at Centennial Hall, more than 850 people from all over the world came to honor Charley’s tremendous achievements.”

Plummer, reached Friday morning, laughed at the request.

“Well, I never thought about it. June’s a long way off, but I am unemployed,” said the 76-year-old sheriff emeritus. “Good old Brian Schott, he’s a piece of work.”

For those who remember Hayward’s political turmoil years of 2003 and 2004, Schott’s request might have some comic resonance. Plummer, who was a Hayward police chief back in the 1970s and early 1980s, engaged in a public feud with Armas and demanded that he be fired for, as critics saw it, covering up Police Chief Craig Calhoun’s absenteeism problem and allowing the troubled chief to be swept out quietly on medical leave.

Plummer, not one to praise for the sake of politeness, nevertheless took Schott’s admiring request Friday as an opportunity to heal old wounds, saying he appreciates much of the work Armas has done over the past 14 years.

“Well, except for the Craig Calhoun fiasco, which I suggested he be fired for, I think he’s done a pretty good job,” Plummer said. “Charley Plummer wishes him well.”

  • Harry Bruno

    Charley Plummer for interim Hayward City Manager…now that’s a great idea! During the arduous process of selecting a new manager, Hayward will be led by a person clearly overqualified for the job. I personally worked for the City of Hayward for almost 30 years. I was management employee who was clearly impressed by the leadership and wisdom demonstrated by Charley Plummer in his 10 years as Hayward’s Police Chief. During Chief Plummer’s tenure Hayward became the first law enforcement agency west of the Mississippi River to become formally accreditated by the internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enfocement Agencies (CALEA). When Charley Plummer became the five-time elected Sheriff of Alameda County he continued to effectively ply his unique style of leadership while creating a work culture that exudes integrity, honesty, and ethics. Throughout his time as Sheriff he has lived in Hayward and continued to be active with our fair city. The current Mayor and most of the present City Council members have sought his endorsement. After retiring from Hayward I went to work for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office primarily for one reason…so I could work for Charley Plummer again. There has been a tremendous turnover in the senior management staff in Hayward during the past several years. We need the firm, steady leadership only a person like a Charley Plummer can provide to guide us through this coming period of uncertainty at the City Manager level. We will be totally blessed if Brian Schott’s excellent idea comes to fruition.

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