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Mission Statement:

Support the City Council,
provide leadership to the Organization
and legendary service to the Community
by being accountable, responsive, compassionate and connected.


City Manager's Office Main Number - 805-470-3400
City Manager - Rachelle Rickard: 805-470-3400; 
Deputy City Manager/City Clerk - Lara Christensen: 805-470-3454;
Deputy City Manager - Promotions/Events: Terrie Banish: 805-470-3490;
Personnel/HR Manager - Rachel Hunter: 805-470-3414;
Deputy City Manager - IT - Luke Knight: 805-470-3452;
Website/Social Media Technician - Amanda Muther - 805-470-3496; 
Under the direction of the City Manager, the City Manager’s office supervises and administers the programs and services provided by all departments within the City of Atascadero. Specifically, the City Manager’s office performs the following:
  • Administers policies and programs approved by the City Council.
  • Provides timely information to the City Council concerning pending State, Local or Federal legislation which may have an impact upon the City of Atascadero.
  • Evaluates and monitors staff’s progress on Council established policies and programs, and fosters greater employee awareness of City problems, programs, and priorities.
  • Responds to and follows-up on citizen inquiries or concerns regarding City programs and services.
  • Maintains a viable link between the City and news media regarding City activities, concerns and accomplishments.
  • Provides liaison and works to resolve mutual local problems through various intergovernmental regional/sub-regional agencies such as San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, San Luis Obispo County and other Regional and State wide agencies.
  • Manages the recruitment, testing, selection and employee development.
  • Manages technology services for all City departments.
  • Conducts labor relations on behalf of the entire City and enforces the personnel rules and regulations.
Current Projects
The City Manager’s office is presently working on the following major projects:
  • Enhance revenues and find cost savings
  • Implement economic development strategy
  • Continue the Citywide Strategic Planning Program
  • Continue the Downtown Improvement Program
  • Expand the City’s effort to develop tourism
  • Continue the citywide records management program
  • Expand the City’s legislative advocacy effort
  • Extend the use of Technology
  • Implement the Council’s Strategic Planning Goals
  • Assess and update all operating policies and ordinances
  • Maintain an employee handbook to improve employee knowledge of City programs and personnel policies.
  • Update the Municipal Code.


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