Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo announced Friday that she will retire at the end of the year, marking an end to 25 years of service in local government including the last 5-1/2 as city manager.
Pattillo assumed the city's top administrative position just as the economic recession began and has the job of leading Dublin's municipal government through its worst economic challenge ever. She has been credited with success in this endeavor, stabilizing the city organization while also positioning it for future growth and prosperity.
During her tenure, Pattillo worked with the City Council to improve community engagement and outreach, including the development of a new website and tools to better connect citizens and businesses with the city, creating public annual reports on the city's fiscal condition and developing a 10-year strategic plan and capital improvement projects.
Her work included creating Community Strategy Forums to help the council and city staff develop ongoing financial priorities for Dublin, including initiating the city's first two-year budget process to provide fiscal stabilization during turbulent economic times.
She also was instrumental in the development of new public park projects, including Fallon Sports Park, Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, four neighborhood parks and the continued development of Emerald Glen Park, with a design phase of the city's planned aquatic center.
"It has been my pleasure to work with Joni over the last several years, and I know that we are a better community because of her service to our residents and businesses," said Mayor Tim Sbranti.
"She guided us through some very difficult budget conversations, but I believe that our actions to appoint her in 2008 have led to the successes we have achieved today," he added. "Joni has been a visionary leader who has put Dublin on the right path, and I think all Dublin residents should be thankful for her service to our great community."
He credited Pattillo's ingenuity and leadership for the enhancement of the city's Community Benefit Program, netting several million dollars in new revenues for one-time projects, as well as assisting local non-profit organizations with establishing a stronger presence in Dublin. These included the School of Imagination, which works with developmentally-disabled children, the Tri-Valley YMCA and Hope Hospice.
One of her most notable recent negotiations was the creation of a Veteran's housing project in downtown Dublin to assist returning veterans and their families with affordable housing and resources in the Tri-Valley.
Pattillo was also a key player in the redevelopment of the former Arroyo Vista site, a federal public housing project. Pattillo spent more than seven years on a new plan and funding stream to build the region's first mixed income community, Emerald Vista. Pattillo also led the city to its first ever designation in 2011 as an "All-America City" by the National Civic League for its efforts relating to affordable housing, preserving the city's history and helping to establish the School of Imagination.
"I want to thank the Dublin City Council for its continued support and leadership," Pattillo said. "I am honored to work for a City Council that makes the tough decisions when needed, embraces creative and innovative ideas and provides its continued support for city staff."
Pattillo joined the city of Dublin in 2002 as the Assistant City Manager. In that role, she established the city's first leadership academy for residents, now called Inside Dublin. The program has graduated more than 150 community members, many of whom have gone on to serve the community in a variety of roles, including city commissions and the City Council.
Throughout her career, she also has been active in local and regional efforts. She has served on numerous boards and committees in Alameda County, including working with the International City Management Association and the Municipal Management Association of Northern California.