City Announces New Deputy City Manager

Mayor Lee Brand and City Manager Wilma Quan today announced that Aldi Dodds has been hired as Deputy City Manager for the City of Fresno.  As Deputy City Manager, she will perform professional administrative and managerial assignments in support of the City Manager and work with executive management staff in coordinating and directing activities involved in the implementation and completion of city-wide projects and the planning and organization of diverse programs and activities.  Dodds will assume the role from current Deputy City Manager Laura Merrill.

“I am thrilled and delighted to have Aldi join our office in this capacity and know she will excel and exceed all of our expectations.  Laura Merrill has done an exceptional job in the Deputy City Manager role.  I will miss her terribly as I know others inside and outside the City will feel the same.  I am very fortunate that Laura has agreed to help with Aldi’s transition,” said City Manager Wilma Quan. 

Dodds joined the City of Fresno in 2016 with the Parking Services Division before transferring to the Administration Division of the Development and Resource Management Department (DARM).  There she served as a Management Analyst II for three Assistant Directors.  For the past year, Aldi has served as the Senior Management Analyst for the Housing and Community Development Division.  In that capacity, she served the City by assisting in the administration of four federal entitlement programs the City receives from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  She also ensured the completion and implementation of the City’s Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Annual Performance Reports.

Dodds graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno as a Smittcamp Scholar.