Jim App retiring from Paso Robles
February 12, 2015
Longtime Paso Robles City Manager Jim App has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.
App has worked as city manager for 18 years and has been a Paso Robles employee for 25 years. He announced in a press release that his retirement will take effect on Dec. 30 and that he is announcing his retirement now to give the city council time to find a replacement.
In 2012, App guided the city through a sex scandal that led to the ousting of police chief Lisa Solomon, whom he once referred to in an email as “Lovely Lisa Meter Maid.” App survived calls for his firing during public protest of the city’s handling of the Solomon affair.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished, and it has been a privilege to lead a dedicated and skilled team of professionals through times of opportunity, recession and even crisis,” App wrote in his retirement notice. “I will miss it and them all.”
App stated that Paso Robles has the potential for greatness but is facing a challenge. The city must responsibly manage natural resources, so future generations can enjoy the Paso Robles lifestyle, he wrote.
App concluded the release by saying he looks forward to seeing what new adventures life brings.