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El Dorado Hills CSD appoints Richard Ramirez new interim general manager

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EL DORADO HILLS - The El Dorado Hills Community Services District board of directors appointed Richard J. Ramirez as interim general manager. According to a press release issued late Tuesday night, he brings more than 30 years of experience directing municipalities. Ramirez will evaluate and manage all district operations while a national search for a permanent general manager is under way, according to CSD officials. “Richard is an experienced and highly respected local-government professional,” said Guy Gertsch, the district’s board president. “His proven management capabilities, strong analytical skills, and solid track record of implementing organizational best practices will benefit the community immensely.” In city manager roles and other high-level positions for California cities large and small, Ramirez, 59, was responsible for the daily operations of major services including parks and recreation, public works, transportation, law enforcement, fire protection, solid-waste removal, facility leasing and economic development. The appointment of Ramirez comes after a lengthy public battle between former CSD GM John Skeel and the board. Skeel was placed on paid administrative leave in June, only six months after he was hired. In December, his contract was terminated. Skeel said he plans to sue. Ramirez most recently was city manager for the Napa County community of American Canyon. From August 2006 until his retirement in November of this year, he oversaw all city services, a workforce of more than 100, and a $35-million annual operating budget and capital improvement funds. He is credited for establishing the young government’s organizational structure and processes for land-use entitlements, according to the press release. From May 2000 to June 2006, Ramirez was assistant city manager for the city of Sacramento, where he led the community services group responsible for key provisions including police and fire services, parks and recreation, and neighborhood services. He supervised more than 2,700 personnel, and administered operating and capital improvement budgets totaling more than $460 million annually. In the city manager’s absence, Ramirez was Sacramento’s acting city manager. Ramirez has garnered chief executive experience from other incorporated communities across the state. Between May 1981 and April 2000, he served as city manager for the cities of Lincoln, Paso Robles and Hemet. Earlier in his career, he worked for the cities of Stanton and South El Monte as head of community development services. The recipient of many awards in the communities he has served, Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Humboldt State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. He and his family reside in Sacramento.