Debra Gill, Pleasanton's Human Resources manager since January, 2011, has been promoted to the new position of Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, effective next Monday, March 2.
She succeeds Julie Yuan-Miu, also an assistant city manager, who will retire Friday. In the move, the city's second assistant city manager position has been eliminated.
In her new position, Gill will lead the city's internal human resources and labor relations department.
City Manager Nelson Fialho, who made the appointment, said Gill's ability to think critically and creatively and her strong interest in organizational training and development set her apart from other candidates.
Over the past 15 years with the city, she has embraced her field serving on numerous regional and statewide organizations including the Employee Relations Department of the League of California Cities, President of the NORCAL HR Director's Group, and she currently serves on the planning committee of the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
Fiahlo said that in lieu of a second Assistant City Manager position, Gill and her team will be able to focus on strengthening organizational matters, including positive labor-management strategies, succession planning, training and development, internal communication and enhanced interdepartmental cooperation. Gill will also serve as the city's chief spokesperson during labor negotiations.
Julie Yuan-Miu, who is retiring, joined the city of Pleasanton in 2007 from Tracy, where she also served as Assistant City Manager.
During periods of labor negotiations, Yuan-Miu served as the chief negotiator on behalf of the city, and most recently handled the agreement between the city and the union representing firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.
She also has been handling negotiations with the union representing Pleasanton police, a responsibility that Gill will now take over.