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The Administration Department is headed by the City Manager, who reports to the City Council. The department consists of: the City Manager (CM), Assistant City Manager (ACM), Principal Administrative Analyst, Economic Development Manager, Natural Resources Manager, City Clerk, Biologist, and three assistants.  

Bio for City Manager Katie Lichtig

The department is responsible for providing information and recommendations to the Council, implementing council policies, and guiding the day-to-day management of the City. The City Manager provides direct supervision to all of the City Department Heads, except the City Attorney, a separate council appointed official. Administration also oversees the Community Promotions Program which recommends grants to organizations promoting cultural, economic or recreational services within the City and helps develop the City’s tourism attraction program.

The department is responsible for coordinating the City’s economic development efforts and assuring the identification and protection of open space and natural and biological resources in and around the City. In addition, the department is involved in a wide variety of special projects such as serving as liaison to the Downtown Association, enforcing the City’s anti-smoking ordinance and, along with Cal Poly University and the Foundation for the Performing Arts, management of the Performing Arts Center.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 is intended to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in response to the national economic downturn.  The City has been active in seeking assistance through various Federal programs and affiliated state agencies.  This webpage will be updated periodically to keep citizens informed on grants submitted under ARRA by the City.

The City Manager's office likes to know how things are going. We have a “How Are We Doing?” survey which can be sent to our office. All letters of commendation from citizens are displayed on the “People Serving People” board at City Hall.

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