Kerridge is moving on as Sacramento faces a $30 million budget deficit and several high-profile controversies that occurred during his tenure. They include the improper issuing of building permits in Natomas and a grand jury report accusing the city of illegally spending utilities funds. In recent weeks, some city council members have sharpened their criticism of top officials.
But Kerridge still has plenty of supporters. Since the development community recruited him from Portland in 2005, Kerridge has worked to streamline the building process. He started as an assistant city manager, but rose to the top spot at City Hall within a year after the council fired his predecessor.
Now, after more than three decades in the public sector, Kerridge has landed a private job. The city isn’t saying where he’s going, but his spokeswoman says it’s not with a local company. It’ll be up to the city council to choose his successor.