Half Moon Bay City Manager Submits Resignation

Half Moon Bay is on the lookout for a new city manager following last week’s resignation of Magda Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who has held the top administrator position since 2014, will depart Jan. 26 citing the need for a better “work-life balance.”

“There’s just been a few things in my personal life, issues with my family, issues with my health, and issues with work,” said Gonzalez. “It’s just making some of those important quality-of-life items a priority has not really been possible, this allows that to happen.”

Gonzalez noted she has been working 70-hour work weeks for the past three years. 

Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock said the city “has never been managed more professionally,” adding that Gonzalez is “probably the hardest working executive I’ve ever worked with.”

Councilman Rick Kowalczyk was the only member who voted not to accept the city manager’s resignation. He believes more should have been done to try to keep Gonzalez on board.

Gonzalez has been in public service for the past 25 years, previously serving as deputy city manager of Redwood City and city manager of East Palo Alto. She hasn’t said where she plans to go next.

As for Half Moon Bay, it’s looking for an “entrepreneurial” individual who either knows the community well or can take the time to become intimately familiar with the city.

Read more about Gonzalez’s resignation and severance agreement at the Half Moon Bay Review



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