January 6, 2022
I’m very happy to be here as your new interim Town Manager. You have a wonderful community, with great schools and easy access to nature and lots of other amenities. I have more than 30 years of experience in the public sector and my goal is to provide a steady hand on the tiller -- help keep the Town of Windsor moving forward in the right direction.
All good and well, you may think, but who is this guy? So, here’s a little information about me: I was born and raised in the Midwest, the oldest of eight kids. My father was a Lutheran pastor and my mother worked as an elementary-school teacher. In fact, she was my second-grade teacher and I had to call her “Mrs. Linder” at school.
I graduated from Macalester College and my wife, Mary, and I moved to California in 1977. After first working as a community organizer, I entered the public sector as assistant general manager for the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District. I was there in 1989 when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake ripped through the Bay area, with the epicenter in the Santa Cruz mountains. That was my first experience in helping to lead during a natural disaster.
My public sector career continued at the Town of Los Gatos, City of San Jose, City of Cupertino, and City of Campbell, where I served as its city manager. In each city, there were challenging and often controversial projects.
In Los Gatos, it was completing the Los Gatos Creek Trail through a residential area. In San Jose, it was developing priorities for redevelopment money to be used in various neighborhoods. In Cupertino, it was dog parks and off-leash areas. And in Campbell, it was negotiating with downtown merchants, the chamber, and other organizations to ensure the local farmers market worked for local businesses as well as residents.
At each municipality, I found the staff dedicated and public-oriented, the elected officials committed to community building, the business leaders supportive, and the neighborhoods active and caring partners. I see that here in Windsor as well.
Mary and I are enjoying all this area has to offer, so you will likely see me around town. I look forward to getting to know you – please say hello! You can also reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (707) 838-1000.