Redwood City Hires Its First Assistant City Manager

She was chosen out of more than 100 candidates.

After a significant, in-depth recruiting process, the City of Redwood City announced Monday that it hired its first-ever assistant city manager - a position that did not previously exist.

The City said its selection for the job was Audrey Ramberg, who most recently served as a senior advisor and project leader for the County of San Mateo.

"Audrey Ramberg brings with her a great deal of experience in the wide-ranging field of municipal management," the City's statement read.

The City indicated Ramberg will officially start work in Redwood City on March 18.

City Manager Bob Bell said he is happy to welcome Ramberg to the job.

"I'm very pleased to welcome Audrey to Redwood City. I know she'll excel as a crucial member of our executive team," Bell said. "Audrey offers Redwood City a wide range of experience and success in every aspect of municipal management, and a great combination of skills, talent, and knowledge."

The City said Ramberg beat out more than 100 candidates "in what was a very competitive process" to earn the position.

Ramberg has more than 22 years of experience in public service, according to city staff, and holds an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Duke University.

Ramberg said she is very excited to be accepting the position.

"Redwood City is really an excellent fit with my experience and interests, and I believe I can bring a lot of value to the organization," she said. "I want to work with people who thrive on continuous improvement, who take very seriously their commitment to the community, and who are proud of the excellent services they provide - and that describes the people who work for Redwood City."

In addition to serving as a key resource for leading city-wide improvement initiatives,  Ramberg will oversee the city's human resources and public information functions, along with the operations of the City Manager's office. The Assistant City Manager will also serve in the City Manager's absence. 

Prior to her most recent work with San Mateo County, Ramberg held a number of key positions in local government, including Assistant City Manager in Menlo Park, Assistant to the City Manager in Palo Alto, and Assistant to the San Mateo County Manager.

Ramberg has also worked in a high-level consulting capacity, and was founder and director of the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. 



What do you think of the City creating this new position, and of the selection of Audrey Ramberg to fill it? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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Lou Covey, The Local Motive February 20, 2013 at 03:38 PM
While the term "assistant" may not have existed, the city had a "deputy" city manager as early as 2011. http://archives.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=151120
Victor February 20, 2013 at 04:18 PM
congradulations and welcome, Audrey Ramberg. Redwood City is proud to have you on board.
Jennifer van der Kleut February 20, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Interesting - I wonder what the differences between the positions are and why the City felt the need to change the title. Good idea for a follow-up story!
Linda Craig February 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Audrey Ramberg is a perfect selection, so experienced in many ways, very upbeat, and always accessable. While she is filling the recently created Asst. CM position, I believe in earlier years there was a chief deputy or assistant, who filled the same capacity.
dorothea February 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
as long as the city can find money to hire big salary people then it shouldn't have any need to ask taxpayers for anymore money or hit us with the higher cost of this or that or cry over how much is needed to deal with the homeless in this city and that it is the county's problem. i'm glad this woman is qualified for the job what ever that is. maybe she can help the city prioritize some of it's issues better than it does.


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