City Manager Kurt Starman announced today that he intends to retire this spring. His last day as the City Manager of the City of Redding will be May 19, 2017.
Starman has served as the City Manager of the City of Redding since May 2006. Prior to being appointed City Manager in 2006, he served as the City of Redding’s Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and Director of Administrative Services. He also served as the Executive Director of the Redding Redevelopment Agency, the Executive Director of the Redding Housing Authority, and the Executive Officer of the Redding Area Bus Authority for much of that time. Starman started his career with the City of Redding in November 1991 as the City of Redding’s Budget Services Officer.
“Redding is wonderful community with a bright future,” said Starman. “It has been my honor to be able to serve our community over the past 25 years. Redding is well-positioned for the future. Redding is fortunate to have a very capable City Council, an outstanding Leadership Team, and excellent City employees who really care about the community,” Starman said. “I know that the future of Redding is in very good hands,” he said.
“It was met with great sadness as I learned of Kurt’s retirement plans, but I wish Kurt and his family nothing but the best as they begin this next chapter of their lives,” said Mayor Brent Weaver. “Kurt is an outstanding City Manager who loves this community. I credit Kurt’s leadership and incredible intellect for guiding our City through the great recession when many other communities struggled during this time. I will miss his strong leadership, humility, and attention to detail,” Weaver said.
The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Redding. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at the City Council’s pleasure. The City Council will discuss the process that it will utilize to select the City of Redding’s next City Manager at its regular meeting on February 7, 2017.
Starman is 52. He plans to travel and spend time with his family this spring and summer. He then plans to return to graduate school this fall to complete a Juris Doctor degree. Starman previously earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California; a Master of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.