The City Council appointed Lee McDougal as Interim City Manager on December 22, 2014. Lee took over from Scott Barber who retired on December 30 and will serve as Interim City Manager until new City Manager John Russo starts on May 4, 2015.
Lee previously served as City Manager of Montclair for 18 years before retiring in 2010 and spent 34 years in Montclair, starting as Housing Coordinator in 1976, then advancing to Director of Housing and Redevelopment, then Director of Administrative Services/Redevelopment Department before being named City Manager in 1992. He also served as Public Safety Director and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director.
Lee graduated from UC Riverside in 1974 with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Black Studies. In 1988, he was inducted into the UC Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a member of the UCR basketball team.
The City Council has hired Ralph Anderson & Associates to conduct the City Manager recruitment. The recruitment closes on January 12, 2015 and the City Council hopes to have a new City Manager selected by March, 2015.
On February 24, 2015 the City Council hired John Russo to serve as the City’s next City Manager. John will begin his new position on May 4, 2015.
The City of Riverside has concluded a nationwide search by selecting John A. Russo as Riverside's next City Manager, citing his legislative and executive management experience as well as his commitment to fiscal responsibility, responsiveness and transparency. Russo, who has spent nearly four years as City Manager of Alameda, previously served as the City Attorney of Oakland for 11 years and was a City Council member there for five years prior to that. His 27 years in California's legal and government communities give him an extensive professional network in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Read More...