City of Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton announced to the City Council Wednesday afternoon that he has accepted a position as the general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District. Pinkerton’s last day in Davis will be Friday, April 25. The city council will convene at its earliest convenience to consider its options for filling the city manager position, both on an interim and a permanent basis.
Mr. Pinkerton has been with the city of Davis since August 2011. Prior to his appointment in Davis, he was city manager for the City of Manteca for three years and led revitalization efforts for 13 years in Stockton as the director of the redevelopment agency. Pinkerton has also held managerial positions for the southern California cities of Long Beach and Redondo Beach.
Some highlights Mr. Pinkerton has accomplished during his tenure, working closely with the city council, include:
- Reorganizing city departments and functions both to achieve cost savings and to better position the city to respond to the needs and goals of a 21st century community and shaving $11 million from the General Fund;
- Executing a Management Services Agreement with UC Davis to share a Fire Chief and fire management staff along with dropping fire service boundaries with UC Davis, allowing for improved response time in the community;
- Successfully negotiating MOUs with the majority of the city’s bargaining units which have reduced the city’s future labor costs by over $7 million annually;
- Shepherding the city through the rate approval and design process for a new wastewater treatment plant and a joint surface water project with the City of Woodland;
- Hiring the city’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Rob White, who is tasked with cultivating economic development and innovation throughout the community;
- Completing the entitlement requirements for The Cannery, a 100-acre subdivision which will host a mix of residential types, commercial and office space and open spaces.
“I have enjoyed living and working in the dynamic environment of the Davis community over the past two and a half years. This is a highly educated, well-informed and involved university town, with an outstanding quality of life. Despite unrelenting budget challenges, I believe we have made significant inroads toward ensuring that residents can continue to enjoy a high quality of life. I know the City Council and city staff will continue to build on these efforts of the past few years,” said Pinkerton.
“Steve used his deep understanding of municipal management to implement a suite of major and highly challenging priorities of our council. Our clean water supply project with Woodland is underway after years of wishful planning. Economic development and land use planning with UC Davis are thriving. We have added a major new subdivision in The Cannery with elements that match our needs and values. Our plan to invest in our roads infrastructure is in place after decades of neglect. Our budget is as transparent and realistic as possible and our labor agreements have increased the prospect of long-term stability for our great employees and community services.” said Mayor Joe Krovoza. “Steve has left his mark on Davis by addressing all issues with great candor and creativity, and his legacy will benefit us for years to come. Steve concludes his service for us with Davis in an improved position to build on our unique strength and exceptional community values.”
Others in the community echoed the mayor’s sentiments. UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor of Resource Management and Planning John Meyer said, “Steve was totally committed to nurturing the seeds of partnership with the university and those projects are now bearing fruit.”
Elaine Roberts Musser, current chair of the Senior Citizens Commission and former chair of the Water Advisory Committee, stated, “Mr. Pinkerton is a consummate professional and has been an outstanding City Manager, leading the city towards a more fiscally sustainable path.”
“Steve has served the City Council well through a very difficult set of financial and staffing decisions. I wish him the best as he embarks on a no less challenging job sorting out the water future of Incline Village,” said Cool Davis Executive Director Chris Granger.
Mayor Krovoza expressed gratitude that Mr. Pinkerton will stay on with the City until the end of April to ensure a smooth and effective transition.