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Joe Gorton named San Ramon's permanent city manager

Council approves three-year contract; Pratt takes over as interim police chief

The San Ramon City Council voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday to appoint police chief Joe Gorton as the permanent city manager, just over six months after Gorton began pulling double duty as interim city manager.

A familiar face in San Ramon, Gorton first patrolled city streets as a Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy starting in 1990 and later joined the San Ramon Police Department when it was founded in 2007, rising up the ranks until reaching the top in late 2013 when he was named the city's second-ever police chief.

"I am very excited about the position," the new city manager said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

"Obviously, San Ramon is a premier city. And I believe that the City Council has kept the city on pretty solid footing," Gorton, 50, added. "It is a bit bittersweet because I've had a passion for public safety. I will miss the police department."

With Gorton's permanent move to City Hall, former San Ramon police Capt. Dan Pratt has been hired out of retirement as full-time interim police chief.

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Gorton, who has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, took over as interim city manager -- while serving concurrently as police chief -- July 1 after Greg Rogers retired following five-plus years as city manager.

He remained as interim through the new year, with City Council members wanting to wait until after the Nov. 8 city election to decide how to proceed with the hiring process for a new permanent city manager. Two council seats and the mayor's post were up for grabs in the fall, with incumbents Mayor Bill Clarkson and councilmen Phil O'Loane and Scott Perkins ultimately winning re-election.

The council met in closed session to discuss the matter Tuesday night and agreed removing Gorton's interim tag was the best choice for the city, according to Clarkson.

"We are happy, very, very happy with Joe," Clarkson said in a phone interview Thursday morning. "If you think about it, at one time he's a beat cop in San Ramon and now he's worked his way up as a professional to become our city manager. We couldn't be more thrilled."

Clarkson said the council recognized Gorton embodies many of the leadership traits "that are most important to the people of San Ramon and to us," citing characteristics such as creating a solid organizational culture, quality people skills and strong analytical abilities.

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Gorton signed a three-year contract on Tuesday to become the permanent city manager, receiving an annual salary of $258,000 along with 22 vacation days per year, health care and retirement benefits, and a fuel-cell or eco-friendly vehicle purchased or leased by the city. He will have two performance evaluations by the council his first year, followed by annual reviews.

"We're definitely a growing city. We have several challenges I'm looking forward to tackling as the city grows," Gorton said, listing a strong financial base, economic development, workforce housing and maintaining a high level of service among those key issues.

"We have an extremely talented workforce. Part of the recipe for success is to have talented people in position to address problems," he added. "We also have an active citizenry ... and we are committed to partnerships."

One of Gorton's first moves as city manager was to appoint Pratt as full-time interim police chief this week. Pratt came out of retirement in August to work as part-time acting police chief to handle day-to-day operational duties while Gorton held both interim city manager and police chief posts.

"Some of the strongest continuity we will have will be with the police department," Gorton said with Pratt becoming interim police chief. "He is completely and wholly familiar with all aspects of that police operation."

Gorton holds a master's degree in organizational development and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. A native of Gardnerville in western Nevada, he also earned an associate degree in administration of justice in Butte County.

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Joe Gorton named San Ramon's permanent city manager

Council approves three-year contract; Pratt takes over as interim police chief

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Updated: Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 5:18 pm

The San Ramon City Council voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday to appoint police chief Joe Gorton as the permanent city manager, just over six months after Gorton began pulling double duty as interim city manager.

A familiar face in San Ramon, Gorton first patrolled city streets as a Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy starting in 1990 and later joined the San Ramon Police Department when it was founded in 2007, rising up the ranks until reaching the top in late 2013 when he was named the city's second-ever police chief.

"I am very excited about the position," the new city manager said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

"Obviously, San Ramon is a premier city. And I believe that the City Council has kept the city on pretty solid footing," Gorton, 50, added. "It is a bit bittersweet because I've had a passion for public safety. I will miss the police department."

With Gorton's permanent move to City Hall, former San Ramon police Capt. Dan Pratt has been hired out of retirement as full-time interim police chief.

Gorton, who has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, took over as interim city manager -- while serving concurrently as police chief -- July 1 after Greg Rogers retired following five-plus years as city manager.

He remained as interim through the new year, with City Council members wanting to wait until after the Nov. 8 city election to decide how to proceed with the hiring process for a new permanent city manager. Two council seats and the mayor's post were up for grabs in the fall, with incumbents Mayor Bill Clarkson and councilmen Phil O'Loane and Scott Perkins ultimately winning re-election.

The council met in closed session to discuss the matter Tuesday night and agreed removing Gorton's interim tag was the best choice for the city, according to Clarkson.

"We are happy, very, very happy with Joe," Clarkson said in a phone interview Thursday morning. "If you think about it, at one time he's a beat cop in San Ramon and now he's worked his way up as a professional to become our city manager. We couldn't be more thrilled."

Clarkson said the council recognized Gorton embodies many of the leadership traits "that are most important to the people of San Ramon and to us," citing characteristics such as creating a solid organizational culture, quality people skills and strong analytical abilities.

Gorton signed a three-year contract on Tuesday to become the permanent city manager, receiving an annual salary of $258,000 along with 22 vacation days per year, health care and retirement benefits, and a fuel-cell or eco-friendly vehicle purchased or leased by the city. He will have two performance evaluations by the council his first year, followed by annual reviews.

"We're definitely a growing city. We have several challenges I'm looking forward to tackling as the city grows," Gorton said, listing a strong financial base, economic development, workforce housing and maintaining a high level of service among those key issues.

"We have an extremely talented workforce. Part of the recipe for success is to have talented people in position to address problems," he added. "We also have an active citizenry ... and we are committed to partnerships."

One of Gorton's first moves as city manager was to appoint Pratt as full-time interim police chief this week. Pratt came out of retirement in August to work as part-time acting police chief to handle day-to-day operational duties while Gorton held both interim city manager and police chief posts.

"Some of the strongest continuity we will have will be with the police department," Gorton said with Pratt becoming interim police chief. "He is completely and wholly familiar with all aspects of that police operation."

Gorton holds a master's degree in organizational development and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. A native of Gardnerville in western Nevada, he also earned an associate degree in administration of justice in Butte County.

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mloliver
San Ramon
on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:17 am
mloliver, San Ramon
on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:17 am

Congratulations to Joe Gorton and and to the City Council. He is an excellent choice for City Manager and I know he will do a terrific job. It is also comforting to know that police services will remain a high priority. Mr. Gorton (who will always be Chief Gorton in my mind) comes to the administration with excellent credentials and experience.

Very best wishes to Joe and the City,
Mary Lou Oliver


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