Murrieta City Manager Announces Retirement
Murrieta’s City Manager Rick Dudley says he’s stepping down at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. His departure will cap off 10 years as the city’s top executive.
"It has always been my goal to try to help bring the city to a stable place before stepping aside. I think that time is now," he said Wednesday.
It wasn’t an easy road. When Dudley first took the reins, the city was raking in plenty in property tax revenues. Then the 2008 financial crash hit and the landscape of his job changed dramatically. With the help of the city’s finance specialists, it was time for Dudley to steer Murrieta through tough times. A leaner budget was developed that included a host of frugality measures. Salaries were reduced and frozen, some people were let go, and City Hall was closed on Fridays to free up city cash.
Eventually, the city manager found his own salary on the chopping block. The Bell scandal had renewed scrutiny of city manager pay. Voters decided to cap his at 2.5 times the median family/household income, but the city council flouted the measure, creating some bitter feelings.
Dudley has worked in the public sector for 35 years, previously serving the cities of Vista and Escondido.
Read more about his career and retirement here.