City Manager Announces Retirement
Visalia City Manager Mike Olmos has announced his retirement, marking 16 total years with the city. Olmos became the city’s top administrator on September 13, 2013, and has been with the City of Visalia since 2001.
“Mike Olmos has been a wonderful city manager for Visalia. While the entire city council will miss working with Mike on a daily basis, we wish him and his wife Gail the best in a well-deserved retirement, and look forward to continuing to associate with them in our community,” shared Mayor Warren Gubler. “Meanwhile, the council will proceed expeditiously with the process of selecting a new city manager, who will have some big shoes to fill.”
Hired as the City Planner, Olmos served until his promotion to Development Services Director, later renamed Community Development Director, in December 2002 and oversaw the Planning, Transit, and Engineering Divisions. After a reorganization in 2004, he assumed additional responsibility and began overseeing the Public Works Department and was appointed Community Development and Public Works Director. In 2005, Olmos was appointed Assistant City Manager, then appointed City Manager in 2013.
During his tenure, Olmos led the charge on the city’s General Plan update, which provides guidance for the city’s growth through 2030, and Measure N, ensuring funding for road maintenance, police, and fire. He oversaw the development and construction of the Animal Care Center, Fire Station 53, the soon to be completed Visalia Emergency Communications Center (VECC) and the major upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Plan, the largest project in the city’s history, that will allow recycling of the city’s wastewater. Additionally, Olmos oversaw the transition of Visalia’s City Council from at-large to district elections.
Active in the community, Olmos is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He and his wife, Gail call Visalia home and will continue to live here after retirement.
The Visalia City Council has chosen to hold an open recruitment for the position utilizing the services of an executive recruiting firm who will conduct a comprehensive search for a new City Manager. The process will take approximately six months and is expected to be completed in spring 2018. Olmos will stay on during the recruitment and hiring process to ensure continued leadership and stability in the organization.