City Manager Martin Tuttle To Step Down
City Manager Martin Tuttle has announced he is resigning from his position effective July 1, 2018.
Tuttle was appointed in 2012 as West Sacramento’s fourth city manager after a distinguished career of transformative public service throughout the state and region. He served as Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and was the widely acclaimed executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for six years.
“We scored a big win by recruiting Martin Tuttle six years ago,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, “we said he ‘aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision.’ Mr. Tuttle has delivered, from leaps forward along the waterfront to dramatic progress on flood protection to a new bridge built and four more on the way. Building on West Sacramento’s transformative progress in its first 25 years of cityhood, he has led an exceptional staff team that helped make our city a national model for innovation, an exemplar for progressive growth and inclusive prosperity, a global food hub, and a town of great places, parks, and art from the riverfront to neighborhoods across the city. West Sacramento’s reputation and record as a well-managed, prudent, agile city that delivers high-quality services and looks to the future has only solidified even more under his leadership. Time and progress move extra fast for Martin, and the City Council is proud of the remarkable accomplishments and audacious success that he has achieved in these six years.”
Significant milestones include:
- Securing funding and expediting construction of the McGowan Bridge and Village Parkway which eased congestion along busy Jefferson Blvd, and provided a second route connecting Southport to the Tower Bridge.
- Secured corporate funding for several city projects, including the largest grant awarded by the Disney Corp. for the construction of the Disney-KaBOOM! playground at Bryte Park and $500,000 from Waste Management to launch environmental education curriculum for preschoolers.
- Led staff efforts for future construction of the Broadway Bridge and replacement of existing I Street Bridge. These two important spans will ease travel across the river and open up future development opportunities in the urban core.
- Planned and built a city-wide network of walking and bike trails.
- Fast-tracked Washington District improvements. What was once a forgotten corner of the city at the foot of the I Street Bridge is now a bustling restaurant and retail center featuring Burgers & Brew at the historic Firehouse, a bike shop and ice cream parlor.
- Introduced several urban farms on unused city properties, which has generated national recognition for neighborhood renewal. One of those farms sits adjacent to the spectacular Barn facility along the river.
- Pursued partnership between the city and Yolo County to use social service agencies to address homelessness.
- In his role as City Manager, Tuttle also served as CEO of the Port of West Sacramento. He led efforts in 2012 to privatize the Port’s operations and executed a contract with Seattle-based SSA Marine to manage the north terminal. The Port went from red to black with this deal. It also shines bright at night with the colorful lighting requested by Tuttle.
Tuttle says he looks forward to “taking a break, travelling and exploring other challenges.” “I have nothing but respect for our remarkable Mayor, City Council and staff, along with city partners who helped us reach so many goals.”
The City Council will launch a search in the coming weeks and intends to appoint a new city manager by the summer.