City Manager Rachelle Rickard
Ms. Rickard, an Atascadero resident, began her career with the City of Atascadero in February of 1997 with her appointment to the position of City Accountant. She was promoted to the position of Administrative Services Director in July 1998. At the time of her appointment to the position of Administrative Services Director for the City of Atascadero, Rickard was the youngest person ever appointed to that role; she was also the first female Department Head ever appointed within the City.
The Administrative Services Director is responsible for a broad range of activities for the City, and is often a key consultant to departments and the City Manager on far-reaching projects and tasks. The Director is in charge of traditional finance tasks along with risk management, litigation management, workers compensation management, personnel, negotiations, affordable housing, grants management, budgeting, redevelopment and successor agency administration, regulatory compliance, contract review, agenda review, and project consultation. Because of her comprehensive perspective and leadership skills, Rickard has consistently been called upon to be Acting City Manager during the absences of the City Manager.
Most recently, in addition to her role as Administrative Services Director for the City, Ms. Rickard is managing the restoration of the Historic City Hall rotunda building. In this capacity, she oversees the construction management to ensure timely and efficient completion of the project. This includes successful navigation of the intricacies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding and compliance requirements. The Project is expected to be complete in July 2013 and is projected to come in $9 million under cost estimates.
Prior to beginning her career in city government, Rickard worked as a Senior Accountant and then Senior Manager for Moss, Levy & Hartzheim, a CPA firm in Santa Maria that performs accounting and auditing of government and non-profit organizations. She graduated cum laude from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting. She has served on numerous professional boards and associations and has volunteered her time to assist various local community organizations.
Ms. Rickard is married to her husband Brett. They have a daughter Meredith who is now attending University of Alabama, and a son Austin, who graduated from Atascadero High School just last week. He plans to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall.
Mayor O’Malley states, “Rachelle Rickard is an exceptionally qualified individual. I have worked with Rachelle over the last eleven years and know her strong work ethic, her commitment to see our City prosper and have seen firsthand the respect she has earned from all employees and our community. The City Council has complete confidence in her and unanimously chose her to be our next City Manager. We have a strong management team and all of our employees believe in service through teamwork. We are proud of our accomplishments as a City even through tough economic times and will continue to work towards our community inspired goals. We all know we have challenges ahead, areas where we can improve and much more work to do. We are all aligned behind doing the absolute best we can to make our City an even better place to live, work and enjoy.”
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