The city of San Ramon has hired longtime public servant and former Livermore City Council member Steven Spedowfski to work as its new deputy city manager.
In his new position within San Ramon, where he has worked for nearly two decades, Spedowfski will be tasked with public information, fostering economic development and legislative oversight, while serving directly under City Manager Joe Gorton. Spedowfski said his two primary goals for the city revolve around community outreach/engagement and economic development.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to engage the public and spread the word about what is going on in the city,” he told DanvilleSanRamon.com. “Our social media outreach activities have increased over the past few years, and we have received positive feedback as a result.”
He added that while the city’s social media efforts have netted a generally positive response from the community, city staff are in the process of engaging the community through more traditional means such as newsletters and snail mail. Doing so, he said, will help ensure that members of the community who do not use social media platforms as often as others, will still be informed on the comings and goings of the city.
As for positive economic development, Spedowfski said that the retention of San Ramon’s existing businesses, along with the attraction of new ones, is the overall goal of the city.
“San Ramon is a great place to start a new business or relocate an existing one,” he said. “Working closely with existing businesses to develop a strong economic base is always important. The city participates in various economic development groups both locally and regionally in order to keep up with current practices.”
An East Bay native, he began his public service career serving as a transportation planner with the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. A city employee in San Ramon since 2001, he has worked in a variety of roles, including senior analyst, district analyst and transportation specialist.
In his hometown, Spedowfski also served on the Livermore City Council from 2014-18 (after a run on that city's Planning Commission from 2011-13), opting not to run for re-election last fall due to personal and professional time commitments. He looks back on his time in Livermore city leadership as a highly educational and rewarding experience.
“I gained a better understanding of how local government operates by participating as a resident, committee member, commissioner, staff member and elected official,” Spedowfski said. “We accomplished many longstanding goals during my four-year term.”
Spedowfski replaced Eric Figueroa as deputy city manager -- although under Figueroa’s tenure, the position's title was assistant city manager. Figueroa left San Ramon in April to become the new city manager in Martinez.