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New Walnut Creek City Manager Hired

May 29, 2017 10:10PM ● By Jennifer Neys

New City Manager Hired

On May 15, the city council voted on a contract naming Dan Buckshi the city manager for Walnut Creek. Buckshi is currently San Luis Obispo County’s administrative officer. He replaces retired City Manager Ken Nordhoff. 

Mayor Rich Carlston said Buckshi’s collaborative style and diverse experience made him the ideal candidate. He added, “Dan has a wealth of experience that would complement our already exceptionally strong organization. He is known for his expertise in building consensus in pursuit of achieving a common goal.” Buckshi joined the County of San Luis Obispo in 2002 as an administrative analyst, then promoted in 2006 to budget director, and in 2010 to assistant county administrative officer. In 2012, he was appointed as the county administrative officer. He also served as the lead on budget, compensation, and pension reforms and charted the path forward through the Great Recession. During this timeframe, the county closed cumulative budget gaps of over $75 million and did so without anyone losing their job due to budget cuts. As a result of these reforms, the county’s bond rating was increased to AAA, the highest available.

Buckshi has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from California Polytechnic State University. He and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Sophia and Claire. 

Buckshi is expected to begin working in Walnut Creek on August 7.



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