City of Fresno Announces New Transportation Director

Mayor Lee Brand and City Manager Wilma Quan-Schecter today announced that Jim Schaad has been named the City of Fresno’s new Director of Transportation, effective September 25, 2017.  Schaad, who had been serving as Assistant Director for the Department of Transportation, replaces interim Transportation Director Bruce Rudd.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Jim’s experience and ability joining our team,” City Manager Quan-Schecter said.  “He’s shown superior skill in managing complex transportation projects and he’ll make an excellent addition to our leadership team.”

Schaad served as an assistant director for the Transportation Department for the past 6 years, where he was responsible for the Department’s capital projects and maintenance operations.  He recently led efforts on the City’s Bus Rapid Transit line, which is expected to start service in the first quarter of 2018.

He entered the public sector 15 years ago, where he began managing ongoing operations and capital projects for the City of Fresno’s Fleet Management Division.  Prior to civil service, Schaad spent 16 years managing various manufacturing operations in the private sector.  He has also taught at California State University, Fresno as an adjunct professor for the last 18 years.

Schaad has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s in Business Administration from Portland State University.  He and his wife Lynn have been married for 28 years and have two adult children.

City of Fresno Announces New Transportation Director

Posted: September 25, 2017

Mayor Lee Brand and City Manager Wilma Quan-Schecter today announced that Jim Schaad has been named the City of Fresno’s new Director of Transportation, effective September 25, 2017.  Schaad, who had been serving as Assistant Director for the Department of Transportation, replaces interim Transportation Director Bruce Rudd. “We are fortunate to have someone of Jim’s […]

Mayor Brand Statement on Trump Administration’s DACA Announcement

Posted: September 5, 2017

Mayor Lee Brand released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement on DACA: “I have consistently called for immigration reform, including joining my Council colleagues in December 2015 to unanimously support comprehensive immigration legislation, so I appreciate the fact that the President has given Congress a six-month window to act on this important issue. […]

Labor Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices

Posted: September 1, 2017

City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4.  The delivery of some City services may be affected by the holiday as well.  Please see the list below for details. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed; Terminal, concessions, […]

Mayor Announces New Independent Police Reviewer & Citizens’ Public Advisory Board

Posted: August 30, 2017

Mayor Lee Brand introduced the new Independent Police Reviewer for the Office of Independent Review (OIR), John A. Gliatta, at a press conference this morning at City Hall.  Gliatta comes to the City of Fresno from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a Crime Analyst for their Patrol Division. Mr. Gliatta has […]

Fulton Street to Open in Stages

Posted: July 18, 2017

The City of Fresno announced today that it will open the northern and southern “superblocks” of Fulton Street to traffic in late August with the grand re-opening and celebration of the entire Fulton Street Reconstruction Project set for Saturday, October 21, 2017. The northern super block is the section of Fulton Street that runs between […]

Wilma Quan-Schecter Takes Over as City Manager

Posted: July 10, 2017

New Fresno City Manager Wilma Quan-Schecter begins her post today, July 10, 2017, replacing Bruce Rudd, who is wrapping up 41 years of service to the City of Fresno.  Mrs. Quan-Schecter is the first woman to hold the top administrative post at Fresno City Hall. Mrs. Quan-Schecter previously served as both assistant city manager and […]

Cooling Centers to Open This Friday Through Sunday

Posted: July 6, 2017

The National Weather Service in Hanford has forecasted the temperature to be at, or above, 105°F in Fresno for Friday, July 7th through Sunday, July 9th, 2017.  Therefore the City of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department (PARCS) will be opening its cooling centers during this time. Cooling centers will be open […]

Mayor Brand Statement on the Passing of Mike McGarvin

Posted: July 3, 2017

Mayor Lee Brand released the following statement on the passing of Poverello House founder Mike McGarvin: “As I have said many times before, collaboration makes things happen and Mike McGarvin was Fresno’s symbol of collaboration. When poverty and homelessness seemed impossible to change, ‘Papa Mike’ showed us the way. His courage and compassion will be […]

Independence Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices

Posted: June 30, 2017

City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4.  The delivery of some City services may be affected by the holiday as well.  Please see the list below for details. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed; Terminal, concessions […]

City Cancels “Movies in the Park” Tomorrow Due To Heat

Posted: June 22, 2017

Tomorrow’s “Movies in the Park” presented by the City of Fresno’s PARCs Department and Comcast at Eaton Plaza has been cancelled due to the record heat wave and the poor air quality that is impacting the valley at this time. The annual program offers a free movie every Friday night during the summer and had planned […]