Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich plans to retire in December after serving in the role since 2011.
“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 said in a letter delivered to the city council last week. “I am proud of the many accomplishments that we have achieved together over the past eight years.”
Rich led Mountain View out of the recession years and through a time of considerable change. Under his leadership, Mountain View developed several long-range strategic initiatives, including the general plan and the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
He helped restructure the business-license tax with voter support, negotiated partnerships with school districts, helped create the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority and worked to develop ongoing revenue streams from city-owned land at Moffett Gateway and on Hope Street.
Internally, Rich created a free-standing information technology department; enhanced staffing in the city transportation and sustainability divisions; engaged employees in wellness and training initiatives; and developed a strategy for paying down unfunded liabilities while maintaining financial strength.
He has been active in the city management profession over the course of his career, including serving as chairman of the Santa Clara County City Managers Association, participating in statewide efforts on pension reform and preparing the next generation of public-sector leaders.
“The city of Mountain View has been very fortunate to have Dan Rich as the city manager for the past eight years,” said Mountain View Mayor Lisa Matichak. “He should be proud of the very positive impact he has had on the city. 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. While I wish Dan all the best in his future endeavors, he will be sorely missed.”
Prior to Mountain View, Rich served as city manager of Campbell for six years. He has 27 years of public management experience, including four years in Belmont, nine years in Sunnyvale, and five years working for members of Congress.
The city council was scheduled to hold a closed session Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, to discuss the process for replacing Rich.