Napa’s City Manager is Retiring
After serving the City of Napa for more than 11 years, City Manager Mike Parness has decided to call it quits. Parness said Thursday he is exiting public service and moving with his family to Oregon. He’ll officially step down on July 24.
An impending knee surgery influenced Parness’ decision to retire before the end of the year. He said he has “mixed emotions” about leaving.
"I still enjoy the challenges, the opportunities and the personal satisfaction that comes with the job," he said, adding he’s proud to have served “a world-class city with outstanding staff and a supportive, visionary city council."
Spokeswoman Jaina French praised Parness for his steady management skills. She credited him with a number of important projects and accomplishments, including the revival of Napa’s downtown area, weathering the economic storm of 2008, and the leadership he showed in the aftermath of some ghastly natural disasters.
Public service is practically in Parness’ DNA. His father was the city manager of Livermoore for 22 years. After obtaining a degree in political science and a master’s degree in Public Administration, Parness went on to serve the cities of Walnut Creek, San Clemente, and Renton, Washington. He settled in Napa in 2006.
Read more about Parness’ tenure and departure here.