Atascadero promotes Rachelle Rickard to city manager
June 27, 2013
The Atascadero City Council has promoted current Administrative Services Director Rachelle Rickard to city manager.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Rickard in place of departing City Manager Wade McKinney. McKinney will vacate his post Friday in order to become city manager of Indian Wells.
Rickard will receive a base salary of $149,908 in her first year, followed by 5 percent raises in her second and third years.
McKinney was making a base salary of $157,173. Indian Wells, which has a population of about 5,000, has paid its city managers as much as $677,172.
Rickard has worked for Atascadero for 16 years, beginning as a city accountant in February 1997. She assumed her current role of Administrative Service Director in July 1998.
“I am honored by the Council’s decision and very gratefully accept the appointment to the position of City Manager,” Rickard said.