Mayor Kristey Williams and the City Council have appointed Gabriel Gonzalez to be Augusta’s next City Manager. The appointment was announced after a unanimous City Council vote on Sept. 19, 2013 to approve the city manager employment agreement.
Gonzalez comes to Augusta with eighteen years of public and private executive management experience with ten of those years serving as city manager. Gonzalez will be leaving Rohnert Park, California in which he has been employed as city manager since 2010. During his time in Rohnert Park, Gonzalez developed and implemented a ten-year fiscal recovery plan for a city on the verge of bankruptcy. Gonzalez has a master’s degree in public administration from California State University and has ICMA Credentialed City Manager designation.
Gonzalez will assume his new position on Nov. 15, 2013. “The Mayor, Council, staff, and the community have done a terrific job of creating a vision for Augusta. I am looking forward to teaming up with them to fulfill this vision,” said Gonzalez. “One major factor that attracted me to Augusta was its quality of life features and amenities. I am basically going from one great city to another great city which offers an outstanding quality of life for its residents.”
Gonzalez was selected from 45 applicants for the position and earned unanimous support from all nine members of the Governing Body. “Gabe has all the qualities we were looking for in our next city manager -- evidence of strong fiscal leadership, a customer-service oriented philosophy, and the professional and educational experience that most aligns with Augusta’s needs. We are happy to welcome Gabe to our community and look forward to a successful partnership, ” said Mayor Kristey Williams.
The employment agreement approved by the Council stipulates the Manager’s compensation and other terms of employment. The new Manager’s base salary is $100,000 which the Governing Body established after reviewing comparable cities in Kansas.
Mayor Williams thanked the city staff for carrying on the work of the city during the period without a City Manager. She made special mention of Interim City Manager Josh Shaw who led the governing body through the budgeting process and helped complete several major construction projects in the city.
Williams also thanked Interim City Attorney Cami Baker for her work in completing the employment agreement for Gonzalez.