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September 1, 2009
CONTACT: Michelle Dawson
Assistant to the City Manager

Moreno Valley City Manager to Retire

City Manager Robert G. Gutierrez announced that he plans to retire after nearly four years as Moreno Valley’s top administrator. Appointed to the City Manager post by the City Council in November, 2005, Gutierrez said he will step down on December 26, ending a 32-year career in public service.

“The City Council selected Bob due to his extensive experience in city management. He has been able to move Moreno Valley forward by implementing innovative ways to better serve our residents as well as the business and development community,” said Mayor Richard A. Stewart. “Bob helped the City navigate through the most trying budgetary challenges the state has ever faced and he leaves Moreno Valley as a leaner, more efficient organization than when he started. Moreno Valley is better off in so many more ways than we were before Bob came on board, and for that the City Council and I are truly thankful.”

Prior to becoming Moreno Valley’s City Manager, Gutierrez served as City Manager for the cities of La Puente and La Habra Heights and as Assistant City Manager in Pomona. He was awarded a 30-year service award from the International City/County Management Association and served as a Board Member for the International Hispanic Network of Local Government Administrators. Gutierrez earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and has taught courses at California State University, Los Angeles and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Gutierrez’ tenure began when the City was still in the midst of a development boon that made it the sixth fastest growing city in the nation. Improvements to streamline the development process, as well as aggressive economic development efforts, have made the City more “business friendly” and attracted a number of major retailers, businesses, and quality restaurants in recent years.

Gutierrez is expected to assist the City Council with the recruitment of a new city manager over the next few months.

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