Yuma’s new City Administrator, Philip Rodriguez, took the oath of office from Mayor Doug Nicholls during last night’s, Dec. 4, Yuma City Council meeting.
Rodriguez was chosen from among 34 original applicants for the job, unanimously approved by the Council from three finalists in a special meeting October 21st.
The national search for a new City Administrator began in June with the retirement of Greg Wilkinson, who had been administrator for nine years.
Rodriguez, with more than 17 years of experience in local government, says he is truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Yuma.
Rodriguez has been on the job for a little more than two weeks before last night’s official swearing in ceremony.
He says he has used that time to get to know the community better and has been impressed by the kindness of the people here. He has a four-year contract, with a renewal option, with the City of Yuma.
Rodriguez has served as the City Manager in Brighton, Colorado and Athens, Texas. He was Executive Director of Economic Development and City Manager for Fate, Texas and Assistant to the City Manager of Cedar Park, Texas. He began his career in municipal government with the City of San Antonio, Texas.