Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton is stepping down on Sept. 16. Clifton notified the city last week. He called it a difficult decision, but said it was the right one for his family. No reason was stated for his departure.
Mayor Lisa Middleton promised a fair and comprehensive recruitment process that will involve public input.
“On behalf of the Palm Springs City Council, I thank Justin Clifton for his service to the City of Palm Springs, our residents, businesses and visitors," Middleton said. "Justin has been a strong and thoughtful leader. During his service we have weathered a remarkable series of challenges. In each of the challenges, he has shown a clear ability to engage with residents, staff and Council. We appreciate his need to move forward with a new opportunity."
Clifton has only managed Palm Springs for fifteen months. He was previously city manager of Sedona, Arizona.
Palm Springs’ last city manager, David Ready, spent two decades as the top administrator before announcing his retirement in 2020.