NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 16, 2012 —
FOLLOWING IS A City of West Sacramento press release issued today, in its entirety. This article has been updated to reflect a correction from the original press release; the city manager’s retirement will be effective by July 1 of this year, and not 2013 as originally stated.
City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon announced today that City Manager Toby Ross has announced his intention to retire sometime before July 1. In his letter to the City Council, Mr. Ross stated, “…This decision does not come lightly. I am not only leaving a position where I have had unrivaled support from the Council and staff, I am ending a career in a profession that I care about deeply. I cherish my time in public service and believe that I have made a difference in the communities I have served. It has been a privilege and my good fortune in West Sacramento to work with a mayor and council members who demonstrate their commitment to the community through confident and creative leadership. It has been my pleasure to approach the opportunities and challenges of West Sacramento with my valued colleagues and friends. I appreciate the support, and latitude afforded me by the members of this exceptional community…”
Mr. Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Mr. Ross has managed many projects and programs that have improved the quality of life for residents and workers in West Sacramento and have positioned the City for an enhanced and respected role in the region. Some accomplishments include major retail development in the north and south ends of the City, with anchor tenants such as IKEA, Wal Mart, Nugget and Target; the development of the City’s downtown into a vibrant government center encompassing City Hall, the Arthur F. Turner Yolo County Library, a satellite facility for Sacramento City College and a City Community Center. The City’s aggressive flood protection program was developed and advanced under Mr. Ross as well as major infrastructure projects in support of the Bridge District, an intense urban riverfront development south of Tower Bridge. Mr. Ross also serves as the Executive Director for the Port of West Sacramento.
Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Ross served as the City Manager for Park City, Utah. Park City is a world-class, resort community that played host to approximately 40 percent of the events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Mr. Ross presided over this full-service resort city for more than 13 years and was named “Manager of the Year” by the Utah League of Cities and Towns for his work on statewide growth and planning issues.
Mr. Ross has an extensive educational background. He earned MA and PhD and degrees from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree from UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Ross has also held a number of university faculty positions.
Mayor Cabaldon stated, “Toby Ross is one the West’s most highly regarded city managers, and for good reason. He has been pivotal to our city’s transformation as he delivered project after project while running a tight fiscal ship and fostering a City Hall where talented, passionate people can get things done. We will miss Mr. Ross dearly, but today I’m just grateful that West Sacramento has had the exceptional good fortune of his leadership for a decade. Now our city says, ‘thank you’ and ‘best wishes for a much-deserved retirement’.”