By Steven Tavares.

Hayward City Manager Fran David announced her retirement Friday, effective sometime in the  fall.

David has served as head of the city’s day-to-day operation since being appointed to the position in 2010. Her tenure coincided with the worst of the Great Recession, a time when Hayward city services  like all in the region were hit hard by the economic downturn.

David’s last day is expected to be sometime around Sept. 30, said the city. The City Council expects to determined an effective date sometime within the next two weeks and begin discussions about her replacement.

“Retiring as City Manager for this community was a hard decision” said David. “However, it is time. Being the City Manager of Hayward has been an honor and a privilege that I will always cherish. I am grateful for Council’s courageous leadership and professional governance. Under the leadership of the two Mayors and several Council Members for whom I have served, I consider Hayward to be one of the best governed communities in California.”

Hayward Mayor Barbrara Halliday thanked David for her service in a statement Friday.

“Hayward has benefited enormously during the past decade from City Manager David’s outstanding leadership and management expertise,” Halliday said. “I know I speak for the entire City Council in thanking her for her exemplary public service and in wishing her all the best as she moves to the next phase of her life as a retiree.”

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Originally posted at East Bay Citizen.