Archived News Release from 2007
For Immediate Release
City Manager Ed Everett Announces Retirement from Redwood City
Redwood City, CA - April 9, 2007 – Ed Everett, long-time City Manager of Redwood City, has announced his retirement from the City, which will be effective in September, 2007. The City Council is expected to immediately begin a search for Everett’s replacement.
Everett has spent 34 years in public service, including nearly 15 years as city manager of Redwood City – an amazingly lengthy tenure in the world of city management where the chief executive serves at the will of the city council. His tenure is a testament to his strong leadership, creativity, tenacity, loyalty, and ability to inspire and motivate an entire organization.
He had previously served as city manager of Belmont, assistant county manager of Washoe County, NV, and fire chief for the City of Palo Alto. Everett has a degree in economics from the University of California, Davis, and a graduate degree in urban affairs from Princeton University. His education, his service in Vietnam, his work in inner cities as a VISTA volunteer, and his local government experience gave Everett the perspective and depth of understanding to lead Redwood City through much of the 1990s and into the new millennium – and of course, help bring about the renaissance of Downtown Redwood City that is now in evidence.
When asked about his accomplishments in Redwood City, Everett notes three key areas of which he is most proud, all related to building things:
- Building a new downtown and other key facilities;
- Building the organization of Redwood City’s staff; and
- Building a great community.
Among the public facilities that have been built under Everett’s leadership are: the new Fair Oaks branch library; two new fire stations; Red Morton and Sandpiper Community Centers; a new City Hall; completion of the police station; the renovation of Schaberg branch library and the start of the new Redwood Shores branch library; major new affordable housing on Rollins Road, Civic Center Plaza, and Villa Montgomery on El Camino Real; and of course the many new elements of Redwood City’s downtown including the On-Broadway retail-cinema project, the Courthouse Square, Theatre Way, and the Post Office Paseo now under construction.
Everett notes that, beyond the importance of building buildings, he has an even greater sense of pride in his successful efforts in building an award-winning, values-driven, caring, and world-class organization, comprised of the employees of the City of Redwood City who work every day on behalf of the community. In a message to all City employees distributed last Friday, Everett thanked the City’s department heads and the entire City staff for their dedicated work with him to “…make this city what it has become, and what it will achieve in the future.“
Ed Everett’s true passion, one which has permeated throughout the entire organization and has been his strong focus for the last five years, is the concept of “building a great community, together;” which is, in fact, the Council-adopted core purpose of Redwood City. He has often noted that a city’s provision of libraries, police and fire service, water and sewer service, and parks and recreation are all crucially important to a community – but providing those services is not enough. To really be a community, the people who live, work, and play here must join together, engage with each other and with the city itself, and thereby be partners in making the community a better place for everyone. There is no building of a great city without building a great community, together – and that “community building” element has been passionately and enthusiastically pursued by Everett over the last several years.
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Public Communications Manager