After reviewing options for filling the vacancy with the upcoming retirement in the Fall of current City Manager Steve Salomon, the Council determined it was in the best interest of the City to give first consideration to Olmos. Council will consider his appointment at Monday's meeting, as part of an agreement regarding compensation. Unlike his current position, the City Manager answers directly to elected officials and an employment contract is customarily provided. The Mayor and Vice Mayor reviewed employment contract proposals with Mr. Olmos and are bringing their recommendation to Council.
"Our city is quite lucky that we have an internal candidate like Mike who could take the reins and continue Visalia on a course of fiscal stability, smart planning, economic development and an overall pleasant quality of life," said Mayor Amy Shuklian. "Mike is well respected by the council, city staff, community members, and other government agencies."
Mr. Olmos said he is honored to be considered by the Council as the next City Manager. “I'm very appreciative of the recommendation by the Mayor and Vice Mayor to be selected as the next City Manager for the City of Visalia. It's also very humbling to follow Steve Salomon, who has done a great job for our community. I’m blessed to have worked with the best organization and employees in my career. If selected by our City Council, I'll work as hard as I can to be an effective City Manager in meeting the goals and desires of the Council and the citizens of Visalia."
Salomon added, “Mike has deep roots in Tulare County and is a person of high integrity with decades of experience in local government. I have every confidence he and the Council would move the City in a continued positive direction.”
A native of Tulare County, he worked for Quad-Knopf, the cities of Tulare and Reedley and Tulare County before his hire as City Planner in July 2001. He was promoted to Community Development Director, in 2002, and oversaw Planning, Transit and Engineering. In 2004, he was appointed as Community Development and Public Works Director and as Assistant City Manager in 2005. He and his wife, Gail, have two sons, Nathan and Gabriel, all born and raised in Tulare County.
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