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.