Mr. Rudd possess approximately 40 years of public sector experience with more than 18 years at the executive management level. Mr. Rudd was appointed to the position of City Manager by Mayor Swearengin in 2013, and at a time in which the City of Fresno was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Fortunately, the City has successfully walked from the ledge of financial insolvency and is now on the path of restoring municipal services without compromising the future viability of the organization and the community that it serves.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rudd served as the City of Fresno’s Assistant City Manager beginning in 2005, during which time he also served as the City’ Director of Transportation, Director of Information Services/Chief Information Officer, Director of Parks and Recreation, as well as the Project Manager overseeing a multi-million dollar renovation of the Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre and Selland Arena. Mr. Rudd was also intimately involved in the successful efforts to extend Measure C, a local transportation sales tax that was approved by the voters in 2006, as well as pursuing grant funds which have been used to build three new city parks over the last three years and the construction of the City’s new Bus Rapid Transit system.
Mr. Rudd is a lifelong resident of the community and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ellie, for more than 38 years. They have two adult children, Peter and Ashley, and three grandchildren with a fourth due later this year.