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Roseville City Council names Trudgeon as choice for longterm city manager
It appears that Roseville’s interim city manager may be stepping into the permanent role.
At their Monday, Jan. 13 meeting, the Roseville City Council voted in favor of negotiating a longterm contract with Patrick Trudgeon, who has held the interim position of city manager since May of last year.
Former city manager Bill Malinen and the council agreed to part ways earlier that month, and Trudgeon, who served as the city’s community development director for more than six years, was appointed to fill the role while the city sought a permanent replacement.
Roseville Mayor Dan Roe said the city council reviewed Trudgeon’s performance at their first meeting in January, and noted “there was a consensus that Pat had done a real admirable job in the interim role and that he would grow well into the permanent role of city manager.”
Roe said Trudgeon’s ability to communicate well with both members of the public and the city council is one of his greatest strengths -- which Roe added Trudgeon also demonstrated during his time as community development director for the city. Roe also said Trudgeon is well organized and always looking out for the best interest of the city as an organization.
“I think we’ve got a lot of high hopes for Pat and I think he’s demonstrated well that he’s able to listen to a lot of different perspectives and be responsive to the needs of the council and community members,” Roe said.
Trudgeon said he has enjoyed learning more about the city’s inner workings, getting to know city staff members better and meeting other community members during his time as interim city manager.
“I welcome the opportunity to become the new city manager and I’m excited,” Trudgeon said.
The council appointed a subcommittee to negotiate a contract with Trudgeon, and Roe said it’s unclear when the city council will be asked to approve that contract but that it would likely be in the next few weeks.
Both Roe and Trudgeon agreed that one major challenge the city will continue to face is financial constraints and trying to utilize limited resources to keep providing the same services Roseville residents expect.
Trudgeon noted that whenever there is a change in leadership within an organization, there are always challenges, but said he feels a top-notch city staff has been able to work through those challenges.
Trudgeon added that dealing with budgetary issues took much time and effort last year, but that he believes the city council and city staff were able to make decisions that were best for the city and its residents.
Top priorities for the city will continue to be providing high quality city services, balancing the budget and redevelopment of Twin Lakes, Trudgeon said.
Roe added that the city hopes to improve communication efforts and community engagement -- which he noted will both be challenges for the new city manager but will also be “exciting opportunities.”
Alex Holmquist can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @AlexHolmquist.