Tim Ogden, City Manager
Tim Ogden became the City of Waterford City Manager on May 23, 2011, and the City Council recently renewed his employment contract through June 30, 2018. He has become well acquainted with the community and formed partnerships to continue to make the City the best it can become. His vision for Waterford through implementing the City Council’s policies includes enhancing the image of the community to make it more enticing to prospective residents and businesses, and better utilizing its financial opportunities for significant river park land improvements, road maintenance, balanced enterprise systems, and economic development. Government transparency, fiscal prudence, and a ‘can do’ attitude are traits that Tim brings to the City.
Recently, the long-planned for City Hall was finally constructed and opened in January 2013, the downtown district was significantly renovated with a $1,500,000 federal grant resulting in new community events, and a commercial vacancy rate cut in half. Additionally, this year $1,900,000 in financing was obtained for three solar projects and nearly 400 LED streetlight retrofits with the financing paid by the saving realized from the improvements, and a $1,500,000 grant was obtained from the State for the river parkway improvements with construction planned for spring 2014, and completion late 2015. Currently, efforts are underway to obtain the Waterford water system from neighboring Modesto, construct a skatepark, and support the revived Chamber of Commerce after a decade’s long slumber to strengthen the business community.
Tim currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Management & Finance Committee of City Manager’s to StanCOG, ex-officio member of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency.
Previous to working for Waterford, Tim worked at the City of Riverbank as the Director of Economic Development & Housing, and has also worked at the cities of Modesto and Ceres working in economic development, public information, and finance over the previous 8 years. He has served on the board of directors for two Chambers of Commerce, Chaired the Stanislaus County Economic Development Action Committee, and been recognized for award winning community projects.
Tim’s education includes a Masters of Business Administration and previous to his government service, he worked in human resources and program management for a youth correctional facility. He has lived in Canada, Greece, Italy and six other states, and has been a resident of California since 2001 with his loving and patient wife and their three sons and daughter. He enjoys dating his wife, participating in his kid’s sporting and Cub/Boy Scout activities, serving in his church, following national and state politics, and playing basketball and running while he still can.
WHAT DOES THE CITY MANAGER DO?
Under policy direction, the City Manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the City of Waterford, and directs the activities and operations of the Public Works, City Clerk, Police Services, Planning & Engineering, Parks & Recreation and Finance departments. He advises and assists the City Council in the conduct of City business; provides administrative oversight to recommending and implementing policies, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and provides a variety of other responsible and complex administrative support to the City Council.
The City Manager serves as the Executive Director of the Waterford Public Financing Authority, and doubles as the Finance Director and Parks & Recreation Director. He attends and participates in professional, state/local agency, and community meetings as necessary; stays current on issues relative to public administration and relative service delivery responsibilities; responds to and resolves sensitive and complex community and organizational inquiries, issues and complaints; establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within the City organization.
Above all, the City Manager works with and is impressed with the dedication of the elected officials on the City Council, the tireless city and community non-profit volunteers, and the wonderful team of diligent city workers who defy typical government stereotypes and do so much for the community.
Tim belongs to the International City/County Management Association and their mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. To further this mission, certain principles govern the conduct of every member of ICMA, which are summarized in the Code of Ethics 12 Tenets:
Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all people.
Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials.
Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members.
Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.
Make it a duty continually to improve the member’s professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
Keep the community informed on local government affairs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.
Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member’s decisions, pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.
Seek no favor; believe that personal aggrandizement or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest.
To read the full Code of Ethics and guidelines see: (attach the PDF and label as ICMA Code of Ethics).
Call the City Hall at (209) 874-2328 ext. 103, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 pm.
P.O. Box 199
Waterford CA 95386