Irvine City Manager John Russo to Step Down

Irvine City Manager John Russo has tendered his resignation, effective as of Labor Day. Russo said he wants to spend more time with his family, including his first grandchild who is due to be born. The recent lockdown gave him a chance to reflect on his priorities.

Russo has served as city manager since July 2018. He previously worked for the City of Riverside, where he spearheaded important transparency measures, as well as Alameda and Oakland.

From 2002-2003, Russo served as president of the League of California Cities. His leadership contributed to the passage of another transparency measure, Proposition 59, which made records more accessible to the public.

Read more about John Russo’s coming departure here.


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