The City Council, by a 5-0 vote on Tuesday night, appointed Assistant City Manager Paul Brady Jr. to succeed incumbent City Manager William Woollett when Woollett steps down Aug. 1.
The council, by a similar unanimous vote, on Feb. 15 had acted to remove Woollett from the city manager position.
Woollett, 60, is the first and only city manager Irvine has had, and the council’s action in forcing him to step down brought strong criticism from some residents.
Mayor Larry Agran, however, has said the move was “not a firing” but a “transition.” Under the arrangement worked out by Agran and the rest of the City Council, Woollett will become “city manager emeritus” on Aug. 1 and will work on special projects.
Councilwoman Paula Werner said Tuesday night that the council expressed its appreciation “to the current city manager (Woollett) for his professionalism” during the “transition” actions. She praised Woollett for his “long and dedicated service.”
Brady, who has been assistant city manager for about 14 years, said he was “thrilled with the appointment” to city manager.