After nearly three years of service to Stockton and over 30 years of working in local governments in three different states, Bob Deis has announced his retirement as the City Manager of Stockton, effective November 1.
“It’s been quite a ride,” said Deis during his announcement on Tuesday. “By November I will have accomplished what the City Council asked me to do when hired.”
Deis, who took over as City Manager on July 1, 2010, guided Stockton through arguably the most tumultuous period in its 163 year history. Deis has been given a large amount of credit for his role in handling Stockton’s bankruptcy crisis and overseeing the change of heads of many city departments.
However, he has also faced criticism from organizations such as the Police Officers Union, who served Deis’ wife a subpoena after purchasing the house next door to the outgoing City Manager.
“Bob has done everything we asked of him and a lot more,” Stockton City Councilmember Kathy Miller said in a release. “I think the City of Stockton now knows what good city management looks and feels like, and we deserve to continue it.”
Before Deis steps down, he looks to work with the City Council to provide for the Stockton Recovery Plan, which includes a tax proposal to fund the city’s new Marshall Plan on Crime as well as a Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment.
Ruben Dominguez filed this report.