Here’s what the Stockton city charter says about picking a new city manager. Mayor Anthony Silva seems to be abdicating his authority as spelled out here:
SECTION 1200. Nomination.
The Mayor shall nominate one (1) or more candidates for Council consideration for appointment to the position of City Manager. The City Manager shall be appointed by the Council for an indefinite term and shall not be removed from office except by a vote of a majority of the members of the Council; provided, however, that the City Manager shall not be removed from office within twelve (12) months from the date his or her duties are assumed, except for incompetence, malfeasance, misfeasance, or neglect of duty. In the case of removal within the said period, the City Manager may demand that written charges be made and a public hearing be held thereon before the Council prior to the date on which removal shall take effect; the decision and action on such a hearing shall be final, and pending such a hearing, the Council may suspend the City Manager from duty. The Council shall designate a qualified person to perform the duties of the City Manager in the event of the absence or disability of the City Manager, or in case there is a vacancy in such office. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of City Manager, the Mayor shall immediately initiate a procedure for the selection of a City Manager.
(Repealed and Added Election 03/07/2000, Effective 01/01/2001; Amended Election 11/8/94 effective 5/22/95; Amended Election 10/12/71 effective 12/6/71)
The city hired a consultant to supply candidates.