Merced Hires Stephanie Dietz as City Manager

The Merced City Council has promoted Interim City Manager Stephanie Dietz to the permanent top administrator's position. Dietz was chosen after an extensive recruitment campaign that attracted 19 candidates from several different states.

Dietz has served as Assistant City Manager for four years. She spent the previous 10 years working for the county.

“I am honored to be selected by the City Council as the City Manager of Merced,” Dietz said. “Merced is resilient, and has the strength to overcome any challenge by taking advantage of opportunities. Furthering the City Council’s goals and priorities and developing a strong culture of customer service will be my focus. Our leadership team and staff are eager to meet the needs of this great community.”

The City Council was drawn to Dietz’s experience and her successful work for the city. Dietz is credited with implementation of the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission, which advocates for grant funding. “As Assistant City Manager, Dietz spent much of her time shaping the work environment, enhancing department functions and service delivery, and leading labor negotiations,” according to a press release.

Dietz earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State and holds a master’s from National University. She is a graduate of the California State Association of Counties Senior Executive credential program and served as co-chair of the Northern San Joaquin Valley Regions Rise program. She will earn a base salary of $214,966.13 per year.


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