San Ramon city manager announces retirement

City Council to discuss appointing interim replacement in closed session Tuesday

Greg Rogers is set to retire as San Ramon city manager this summer after more than five years as the city's top administrator.

Rogers, who has 25 years of experience in government including nearly 13 years working for San Ramon, informed the City Council of his retirement decision May 16 -- though no public announcement was made.

"It's overall a really good time (to step down)," the 58-year-old Rogers said in a phone interview Monday. "I've done a lot of things in local government ... I just want to do something different at this point."

Mayor Bill Clarkson praised Rogers' tenure, saying it has been marked by "real evolutionary leadership." The mayor added, "You look at all of the things he tackled, and successfully."

Rogers hopes to step down effective July 1, though he said he would be willing to continue working if the council needs more time to appoint an interim replacement. The council members are set to discuss the topic in closed session Tuesday night -- their first regular meeting after Rogers' retirement announcement.

The council has several options to consider, but typically a city would look to appoint an internal candidate, such as an assistant city manager or a department head, to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis while undertaking recruitment for a permanent replacement, according to Rogers.

He said he chose July 1 as a retirement date in part because it was ideal timing for the city, as next fiscal year's city budget process would be wrapped up and it would be months before the November municipal elections.

"I didn't want to leave a mess," he added. "I'm really confident the city won't miss a beat."

Rogers said he announced his decision to the council the Monday after the San Ramon community celebrated the dedication ceremony for the new City Hall, saying that he wanted to wait to avoid distracting from the milestone event.

First hired by the city of San Ramon in 2003, Rogers served as administrative services director for more than eight years before being appointed city manager in April 2011. He had previous experience working for the cities of Santa Rosa and Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

"My time at San Ramon and as city manager has been a good experience, with really high-quality co-workers to work with over the years," he said.

Rogers pointed to the new City Hall among his proudest accomplishments as city manager, along with the opening of the Rancho San Ramon Community Park, working with the school district and developer to secure land for the new Bella Vista Elementary School and helping keep the city in a healthy state coming out of the recession.

Looking ahead to retirement, Rogers said he hopes to take time to travel internationally with his wife, as well as spend some time helping her with her distribution business.

Clarkson credited Rogers for having "navigated us through tough financial times," as administrative services director during the recession and city manager after. "His leadership is one of the reasons we came out of it as financially sound as we did," he added.

The mayor also lauded several projects completed during Rogers' tenure, including opening the new City Hall and partnering with the fire district on a new joint dispatch center. Clarkson added that Rogers "built a legacy of great department heads to work with."

Clarkson said he did not expect an interim city manager to be named Tuesday night because it's the first time the council will have a chance to meet and discuss the topic and appointment process. The closed-session conversation will follow the regular open-session council meeting starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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Posted by C.Schneider
a resident of Alamo
on May 24, 2016 at 6:54 am

Just wondering if retired mayors get any type of retirement package?

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Posted by MLOliver
a resident of San Ramon
on May 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

MLOliver is a registered user.

It isn't the Mayor who is retiring, it's the City Manager and he will get a nice retirement package, I'm sure.

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