City Announces Appointment of Interim City Manager

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City to Name Gene Rogers as Interim City Manager

The City Council is expected to name Gene Rogers as the Interim City Manager during the April 15, 2014 City Council meeting. The appointment would become effective April 22, 2014, and would remain in place while the City recruits for a permanent position.

Mr. Rogers has over 27 years of local government experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from San Jose State University. He started his government career in the City of Sunnyvale, a city known for their leading high tech companies and local government innovation. Rogers was with Sunnyvale for fifteen years, spending his last nine in an executive role.

Rogers then moved on to Moreno Valley and served as the Assistant City Manager and then City Manager. He led Moreno Valley from a fiscal crisis to solvency and eventual financial stability by implementing organizational efficiencies and developing new budget policies. He developed funding plans and oversaw the construction of several public facilities during his tenure. In 2003, he led efforts to establish an electrical utility to serve a portion of the City.

In 2006, Mr. Rogers retired from Moreno Valley. Since then, he has served as a Management Consultant assisting public agencies on budgeting, finance and organizational efficiencies. In 2009, he served as Coachella’s Interim City Manager for eight months. Coachella, at the time, had serious budget issues. He also served as Interim Resource Management Agency Director and then as Interim Assistant County Administrative Officer for Monterey County, organizing development efforts including planning, building, public works, economic development and job training in his roles. He also consulted for Desertarc, a non-profit organization, assisting with resolving their financial difficulties. His strengths include open communication, collaboration, team building, leadership and budget and financial management.

Rogers is replacing outgoing City Manager Steve Pinkerton, who has accepted the General Manager position for the Incline Village General Improvement District. Pinkerton’s last day is April 25; Rogers will begin his interim position on April 22. Rogers will not be applying for the permanent position.

“We appreciate the highly qualified applicants who interviewed for the interim position. The City Council is fortunate to have quality candidates to choose from, in light of Steve's recent announcement that he is leaving Davis. As the Council-appointed Subcommittee leading the interim City Manager search, we are confident that Mr. Rogers will provide a steady hand for the City and the community as we progress with a thoughtful and thorough search for a long-term city manager,” said councilmembers Rochelle Swanson and Lucas Frerichs.

Rogers will be providing day-to-day management of the City until a new City Manager is hired and will not be applying for the permanent City Manager position. During his tenure he will use his proven abilities in budgeting, organizational analysis and team building skills to provide leadership for the City and the community.

For more information, please contact the City Manager's Office at (530) 757-5602.

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