To all of our residents, I just wanted to say “thank you”! It’s been just over one year since I had the honor to be selected as the 18th City Manager for Riverside (I was appointed December 6, 2011), and as you might guess, it has been a very busy year in every department of the City. During this year, our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has completed and hosted the Grand Opening of Doty Trust Park as well as the remodeling of Hunter Hobby Park and Dales Senior Center. Our Public Libraries have launched EBooks and we are working on a rehabilitation plan for the Main Library. The Airport has received an approximately $1 million grant for a new airport apron; General Services has overseen the complete rehabilitation of the Municipal Auditorium, putting the final touches on the Fox Entertainment Plaza, and received recognition as the “Best Green Fleet in the Nation”. Our Human Resources Department has re-tooled our internal training program to create better succession planning; the Police Department completed their 5-year Strategic Plan and created the new Youth Foundation. Our 125 year old Fire Department (congratulations on that wonderful accomplishment) purchased a replacement Fire Engine at a huge savings to the City, and our Public Utilities Department has won awards too numerous to list for our Green and Blue Riverside efforts. New efforts are underway in Community Development (which recently was reorganized and merged with our former Development Department) to create a true “Business First” effort to make the planning and building permitting even more user-friendly; Public Works completed the Magnolia Grade separation, started construction on the Iowa Grade separation, and bid out the Water Quality Control Plant project. Our Economic Development team helped to create or retain almost 1,400 jobs, and moved “the needle” forward with community efforts such as Seizing Our Destiny. And let’s not forget the amazing work done in Information Technology- 2nd Place in the Nation for Best of the Web; SmartRiverside giving out the 6,000th free computer to a low income family; and spearheading the effort to lead Riverside to win the Intelligent Community Forum in an international competition- Riverside, the Intelligent Community of the Year!
It’s been a great year, Riverside- again, my thanks!