Shakeup in Oroville City Hall

Council refuses to extend director’s contract

The Oroville City Council has given the boot to Eric Teitelman, who in his five and one-half years with the city had become a lightning rod in conflicts over growth and development.

By a 4-3 vote Monday (June 29), the council voted not to renew his contract. Teitelman, a civil engineer by training, was director of the Community Development and Public Works Department, which meant he oversaw planning and building services as well as public works. Best known perhaps for introducing a controversial roundabout to the city, he was well-liked by developers for his pro-growth posture but viewed skeptically by those who favored a more-controlled type of development.

Although he reported to City Administrator Sharon Atteberry, his contract was up to the council.