Rancho Palos Verdes City Manager to Retire
Rancho Palos Verdes will bid its city manager farewell before the end of the year. Doug Willmore is stepping down four years after he began working for the city. He has taken a job in the private sector.
The city has issued the following press release:
Rancho Palos Verdes (September 3, 2019) — After more than four years with the City, Rancho Palos Verdes City Manager Doug Willmore announced today he will retire in November to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.
Mr. Willmore’s final day will be Nov. 22. The council will determine how to proceed with selecting the next city manager in the near future.
Mr. Willmore will retire from a 15-year career in public service to pursue a position in the environmental industry. He came to Rancho Palos Verdes in March 2015 after leading the financial turnaround of the City of Bell in under three years as the first permanent city manager in the wake of the 2010 corruption scandal. Mr. Willmore was chief administrative officer in Salt Lake County, Utah for seven years before coming to California in 2011.
In a statement, he said it is “very bittersweet to leave such a wonderful city.”
“I will be forever grateful to the City Council for offering me the position, and for challenging me and trusting me over the years to implement its vision. It’s rare that you build a relationship with a City Council that works as well as ours has, but we have done that,” Mr. Willmore said. “Moreover, I will be forever grateful to my amazing staff for the incredible work they’ve done, for the spirit that they have brought to work each day, and for continuing to push me to do my best.”
Under Mr. Willmore’s leadership, Rancho Palos Verdes saw increased transparency and continued stewardship of long-term financial stability, including the reduction of annual taxes and fees to residents by more than $2 million a year. He also worked with the City Council on public safety initiatives to help reduce residential burglaries by nearly 50% in four years, the development of Lower Hesse Park, plans for a new Ladera Linda Community Center, and the release of long-held National Park Service deed restrictions on the Civic Center property to allow for potential public safety facilities.
“When Doug shared his plans with me, I was very happy for him, primarily due to his excitement and enthusiasm associated with his new endeavor. But I can honestly say I'm also very sad to see the City lose such an outstanding leader and steward,” Mayor Jerry Duhovic said. “Being a City Manager, especially in a city like RPV, with such a knowledgeable, concerned and involved citizenry, is not an easy job. Doug always handled his duties professionally and competently, especially when dealing with very complex and contentious issues. On behalf of the entire City Council, Staff and residents, we thank Doug for a highly productive four-and-ahalf-year tenure and wish him well in his next chapter.”
“We are grateful to Doug for his leadership and contributions to the City,” said Mayor Pro Tem John Cruikshank. “We know he will leave the next city manager with a solid foundation for a path of continued success.”