As City Manager, Mr. Rudd oversees seven departments – Airports, FAX, Gen Services, ISD, PARCS, Personnel, Public Utilities, Public Works, Budget Division. Mr. Rudd joined the City Manager’s Office as interim Assistant City Manager in August 2005, and was permanently appointed to the position in May 2006.
Mr. Rudd has been involved in the transition of the Convention Center to a public/private operation, as well the implementation and integration of the City’s new time and activity and business intelligence software systems. Mr. Rudd has successfully worked with the Mayor’s Office and other policy makers in acquiring federal earmarks that have been used to fund local and regional capital improvement projects. Mr. Rudd has also provided staff support and leadership for other regionally important initiatives including a new Measure C expenditure plan as well as interstate status for State Route 99.
Prior to his appointment in the City Manager’s office, Mr. Rudd served as Director of Transportation/FAX General Manager. In that role, Mr. Rudd was successful in implementing a number of initiatives aimed at expanding and increasing bus service, improving or implementing other mobility options, participated in and implemented a number regional air quality improvement projects. He also introduced other new and innovative technologies that have been used to improve customer service while enhancing operational efficiencies.
In addition to his role as City Manager, Mr. Rudd is currently the Vice Chair of the City’s Health and Welfare Trust, Vice Chair of the City’s award winning Labor Management Task Force, and represents the City of Fresno on the Council of Fresno County Governments Policy Advisory and Rail Committees.
Bruce is a life-long Fresnan and is married to his “high school sweetheart” Ellie, and has two adult children; Peter and Ashley, a daughter-in-law Liz, a son-in-law Lemuri Flores, as well as three grandchildren; Trace, Reagan and the latest addition to the family, a grandson named Lucas.
As Assistant City Manager, Renena Smith oversees citywide policy along with the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Finance, Housing, Information Systems and the Personnel Departments.
Mrs. Smith has been in public service for approximately 25 years with a primary focus in the financial arena. She has been with the City of Fresno for 16 years, serving half of that time as the City’s Budget Director. Mrs. Smith was promoted to Assistant City Manager in August of 2011. Prior to joining the City of Fresno, Renena spent 7 years at the County of Fresno, where she gained experience in municipal auditing. She also managed all reimbursements to the County for state-mandated programs and prepared financial reports for the Fresno County Transportation Authority.
In addition to her role in the City Manager’s office, Mrs. Smith serves on the Workforce Investment Board.
Mrs. Smith was brought up in the Fresno area and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Fresno State University. In addition to her role as Assistant City Manager, Mrs. Smith received her Master of Public Administration from USC in May of 2013. Mrs. Smith has been married to Jeff for 25 years. She has one adult son.
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