City Council urges residents to participate in survey regarding selection of City Manager

PALM SPRINGS — The City Council is currently conducting a nationwide search to find the next manager to lead the City of Palm Springs.

A replacement is being sought to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of City Manager David H, Ready.

To that end, the City Council urges the community to participate in the selection process by responding to a brief survey related to city priorities and the kind of executive leader they hope to see hired.

The deadline to submit the survey is Friday, Dec. 18 by 5 p.m. Click here and click “In the Spotlight” on the front page to take the survey.

“The selection of our next City Manager is perhaps one of the most important decisions this current Council will ever make – and it is therefore imperative we have the involvement of our community in this process,” said Councilmember Dennis Woods, who serves on the hiring subcommittee with Mayor pro tem Lisa Middleton.

Middleton said, “Our top priority is to find the right person to lead Palm Springs forward while ensuring that our destination remains an inclusive world-class city that respects and embraces everyone. I encourage all residents and stakeholders to get involved and take part in the survey. The City Council wants to hear from you.”

City Manager Ready announced his retirement in October after nearly 21 years of service to the people of Palm Springs. His last day on the job will be Dec. 31, 2020.

Responsible for oversight of the city’s $291 million budget, Ready has managed continued growth through sometimes challenging economic conditions to elevate the Palm Springs brand as an iconic world-class tourist destination – with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for local residents, according to a news release.

Throughout two decades, David H. Ready has worked with residents, businesses, tourism, hospitality and neighborhood stakeholders to increase economic development and housing while improving city services, infrastructure and community engagement.

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