Palm Desert City Manager Announces Retirement

Palm Desert City Manager John Wohlmuth will step down next week after a 29-year career with the city and 7 years as its top administrator. Wohlmuth, who has been on personal leave since March 21, did not give a reason for his decision, only saying that he “had great satisfaction working for the City” and that he would miss his many hardworking colleagues.

Wohlmuth began working for Palm Desert in 1986 when he was hired as an administrative analyst for its Public Works Department. He went on to hold a number of positions, including environmental services manager and assistant to the city manager before accepting a position as chief administrative officer for Mono County. He was appointed Palm Desert city manager in 2009 following the retirement of Carlos Ortega.

Assistant City Manager Rudy Acosta will assume Wohlmuth’s duties until an interim city manager is selected. The council is meeting today to discuss its options going forward.

Read more about Wohlmuth’s retirement announcement here.