ALAMEDA -- Three individuals who have been serving as interim city department heads will become permanent, including Paul Rolleri as Alameda police chief, and an assistant city attorney will take over a newly created post, City Manager John Russo has announced.

Along with Rolleri, the appointments are Debbie Potter as community development director, Bob Haun as director of the Public Works Department, and Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra as administrative services director.

The appointments take effect today, Russo said.

Paul Rolleri took over as interim police chief in June 2013, when former Alameda police Chief Mike Noonan retired. Rolleri began his 25-year law enforcement career as an investigator for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control before becoming an Alameda police officer in 1992.

The 50-year-old Rolleri has worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, the violent crimes unit and the youth services section. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002, lieutenant in 2009 and captain in 2011.

Rolleri was awarded the police department's Medal of Merit in 1997 for his actions following a violent bank robbery. He attended St. Philip Neri Elementary School and is a 1981 graduate of Alameda High School. He has two children, aged 19 and 17.

Debbie Potter became interim community development director in April 2013.

Before her appointment, Potter worked on the reuse and redevelopment of the former Alameda Naval Air Station and served as the city's housing development and programs manager.


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Her background includes managing the 215-acre Catellus mixed-use project, which includes Bayport housing and the recently opened Target store near the Webster and Posey tubes.

Before coming to Alameda nearly 13 years ago, Potter served as a redevelopment administrator in San Leandro, where she oversaw affordable housing projects. She is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Bob Haun took over as interim public works director in July 2013 after the departure of Matt Naclerio.

Haun, who began working for the city in 1992, most recently served as director of facilities for the housing authority. He also helped manage the construction of the main branch of the Alameda Free Library on Oak Street.

Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra will take over the new position of administrative services director.

Garrabrant-Sierra, who has been the assistant city attorney since June 2012, is a graduate of the law school at UC Berkeley and has been an attorney for almost 25 years, practicing mainly in labor, employment, public contracting and business law.

Russo said he created the new position as part of an ongoing effort to restructure responsibilities at City Hall. Garrabrant-Sierra's duties will include overseeing human resources, information technology, public procurement and contract compliance.

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