After 20 years as Mountain View's well-respected city manager, Kevin Duggan has announced that he will be retiring next year.
Duggan has given the city three-and-a-half months notice to find a replacement. His last day is April 2, 2011.
Duggan is widely considered to be one of the finest city managers in the state, known for creating a culture of transparency and professionalism at City Hall and his tireless advocacy of a balanced budget, allowing the city to be one of the few to consistently have a perfect triple-A credit rating. "He will be a "hard act to follow," Mayor Ronit Bryant said in a press release.
Next June will mark 40 years since Duggan began his career with an internship in Mountain View's then-City Manager Jim O'Halloran's office. After growing up in Southern California his family moved to Mountain View, where he lived during high school and college. He graduated from San Jose State University and worked for the City of Campbell for 18 years, six as city manager. He found himself "returning home" in 1990 to take the reins as city manager in Mountain View during a period of turmoil in City Hall when several predecessors found it a hard job to keep.
In a letter about his retirement, Duggan said he had made the decision "after considerable deliberation" and "with mixed emotions."
"This is a good time for the organization for this transition to take place," Duggan said in a letter about his retirement. "The City is financially stable after having addressed the challenges of the 'Great Recession,' a new generation of exceptionally qualified and dedicated department heads have been selected and we are in a period of unusual City Council continuity."
After 40 years of sitting through City Council meetings, Duggan will finally be able to take a break and move on to what he called the "next phase" of his life. He and his wife Robin will continue to live in Mountain View, and he said he expected to continue his involvement in the community as a volunteer.
Council member Mike Kasperzak said the City Council is hoping to get an early start on the search for a replacement by selecting a recruiter before holiday break.
"It is the most important position the council is responsible for, so we've got to do it right," Kasperzak said. "If you've got the best it's hard to find a replacement."