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City Manager Retirement Announcement
CONTACT: Jozi Plut - (650) 595-7408
Belmont, California — City Manager, Greg Scoles has announced his retirement effective June 8, 2019. Mr. Scoles, who started his public sector career 42 years ago, has been Belmont’s City Manager for nearly 9 years. He joined Belmont after having served most recently as the Deputy City Manager in Santa Rosa and just prior to that as City Administrator in Ashland, Oregon. He began his public service career in 1977.
Mr. Scoles has served for many years on policy committees for the League of California Cities, as a member of the Cal-ICMA Ethics Committee and as Chair of the San Mateo City Manager’s Association. He is also an active member of the Belmont Rotary Club.
Reflecting on Mr. Scoles’ time with the City, Mayor Davina Hurt noted he is a "widely respected manager with outstanding vision and who fostered a culture of accountability and high-quality service. I am very grateful for his outstanding service to our City; the City Council will deeply miss his skills, knowledge, experience, and responsiveness. Greg is an effective listener and has built an excellent City organization that delivers top services to our residents. He is a seasoned manager who provided leadership at a pivotal time during the Great Recession and he helped secure the financial stability of the City through innovative partnerships with other agencies. I wish him and his wife Carol a great retirement – he has left big shoes to fill.”
Mr. Scoles expressed that “It has been my good fortune to work with a City Council that is dedicated to the best interests of the community and has provided support to me and to the City staff through confident and creative leadership. My experience here in Belmont has been a great capstone to my career, one that far exceeded my professional expectations. The City is in great shape and I feel this is the right time to move on. ”
Mr. Scoles noted he is extremely proud to have been part of a highly qualified management team in Belmont and that together they have accomplished several significant achievements, many of which have been very rewarding to him personally. Some of the more notable accomplishments include the establishment of shared Fire Department with San Mateo and Foster City, multi-year Hazmat Service Contract with San Mateo County, improvement of the Council’s Priority Process, Code of Ethics & Conduct, and balanced budgets with unprecedented and growing General Fund reserves. Other significant milestones include the sale of Bishop Road property to finance the acquisition of 34-acres of open space, new revenue from the digital sign, Belmont Streets and City Services Sales Tax Measure (Measure I) and Belmont Hotel Room Tax Measure (Measure KK), creating a collaborative labor environment along with sustainable labor agreements, Single Family Home & Tree Regulation updates, 2035 General Plan and the Belmont Village Specific Plan, Ralston Ave. Corridor Plan, improved communication with the public (City Manager’s Weekly Update, City’s Website, and use of social media), and citywide streetlight conversion to LED, just to name a few.
Mr. Scoles holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and looks forward to staying involved in local government and hopes to volunteer in the city management field. Greg and his wife Carol have three married children and three grandchildren.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council. The City Council will determine when and how to fill the vacancy created by this retirement.
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