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.
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