City Manager Dan Rich announces plan to retire

After eight years leading Mountain View City Hall, top city employee sets December departure date

Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich announced that he is bringing his career to a close. After eight years with the city, Rich plans to retire in December, setting the stage for a significant change in leadership at City Hall.

Rich announced his retirement in a letter sent to City Council members on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

“When I accepted this position, I knew it was a great opportunity for me, but I did not realize how special the city and organization I was joining was." Rich wrote. "I am proud of the many accomplishments that we have achieved together over the past eight years.”

Over his tenure, Rich has been regarded as a steady, subdued and serious presence at City Hall and public meetings. He could swiftly transition between budget miscellanea, public works projects or ongoing development proposals. Perhaps most importantly, he wasn't afraid to keep City Council members on task, prodding them to give clear directions to staff.

Among his achievements, Rich said he was most proud of developing precise plans in North Bayshore and other neighborhoods as well as taking on various transportation improvements. He is credited for helping pass a 2018 business-license tax measure and negotiating partnerships with local schools and developers. Some of his best accomplishments may have been lost on the public at large, he noted, such as creating the city's IT department, improving employee well-being and paying down the city's pension liability.

As the city's top employee, the city manager position is arguably the most powerful one in Mountain View's government. The city manager has discretion to hire or fire any of the city's 600 employees, including all department heads, except for the city clerk and city attorney.

“Dan is a recognized leader who thinks strategically while also managing the day-to-day operations of the City. He has taken on tough issues facing the City in a thoughtful way and presented solutions to the City Council,” said Mountain View Mayor Lisa Matichak. “While I wish Dan all the best in his future endeavors, he will be sorely missed.”

The City Council is currently scheduled to begin discussions on a search for a new city manager at its Sept. 3 meeting.

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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 28, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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I appreciate Dan's leadership. He has embraced the cause of sustainability and was instrumental in securing a multi-million dollar increase in funding for Mtn. View's future sustainability programs. I wish you all the best in retirement, Dan!

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 30, 2019 at 11:30 am

As a former MVWSD (K-8th) school trustee It was a pleasure to work with directing the staff to 'play well' with the City staff on many "sharing negotiations" with the city. Since many of the school staff did not have direct experience with the greater-than-half-century schools/city cooperative model in Mountain View, Dan Rich was IMO instrumental in helping both organizations. Meet in-the-middle and do what is best for the entire community (not city wins OR schools win).

Successful (IMO) cooperative projects were Crittenden MS all-weather sports fields, Permanent Creek Bike/Pedestrian Path extension, keeping public play field access at new Vargas Elementary School (a public access path agreement was just completed last week), negotiations / resulting in that + a different teacher workforce housing project. I must have missed some!

But, the general idea is that Rich was instrumental in keeping going the schools/city cooperation that is IMO, "the benchmark" around this part of the state for such community building local government.

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