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June 21, 2017

City Council Appointed Robert J. Houston as the Next City Manager.
On Tuesday, June 20th City Council voted to approve an employment contract with Robert J. Houston as the City’s next City Manager. Mr. Houston will begin his employment with the City of Fountain Valley on July 31, 2017.

The City Council directed the Interim City Manager to negotiate the terms of an employment contract with Mr. Houston, following a comprehensive reference and background check by Ralph Anderson and Associates.

Mr. Houston is currently the Deputy City Manager for the city of Newport Beach. He has over 25 years of experience working in government with over 10 years of senior level experience. He has worked for the full service cities of Carlsbad and Newport Beach. Mr. Houston has extensive experience working on sensitive special projects, negotiations, community outreach, information technology, strategic planning, budget, land use, and public works. Mr. Houston holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and Bachelors of Business Administration from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada.

March 6, 2017

City Manager Bob Hall announced that he has accepted a new position on February 2, 2017.
On February 21, 2017, City Council appointed John Sibley as Interim City Manager to begin on March 6, 2017. John Sibley is the retired City Manager of Orange and has over 20 years working with the County of Orange. John Sibley’s assignment will end once the City finds a new City Manager.

Bob has accepted a new opportunity with Rancho Santa Fe Association and his last day with the City of Fountain Valley will be March 3, 2017. Bob has been the City Manager for the City of Fountain Valley for three and a half years. Under his leadership, the City tackled its financial challenges and with the voters’ approval of Measure HH – Essential City Services in November 2016, the City’s financial outlook is stable for the next 20 years.

The City Council has executed an agreement with an executive search firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates, to fill the City Manager position.