Dublin’s Next City Manager Linda Smith Selects Colleen Tribby as Assistant CM

Dublin, California is about to have two strong females at the helm.

The city’s current assistant city manager Linda Smith will soon take over for retiring administrator Christopher L. Foss. Smith, who has spent 17 years in local government and joined the city in 2009, has just named Colleen Tribby as her incoming number two.

Tribby has served as the administrative services director for Dublin since 2013. She was previously the budget and finance manager for South San Francisco.

“Over the past six years, Colleen has been an invaluable member of the city’s executive team, leading our efforts to ensure that the city remains in sound financial state for many years going forward," Smith said. “I look forward to utilizing Colleen’s skills and abilities to help our organization with the opportunities and challenges facing the city in the coming years.”

According to Patch, the all-female duo is somewhat unique.

“In 2019, California City Management Foundation collated data from the League of California Cities and Women Leading Government to create a list of 716 known city leaders in California: city managers, deputy city managers, assistant city managers and similar titles.

Of those 716 positions, 466 were “city manager” or equivalent. Of those 466 positions, 85 females filled the role of city manager or equivalent. The numbers show that just 18.24 percent of all chief administrative officer roles are filled by women in California.”


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