|Dianne Thompson resigns as Cotati city manager
Dianne Thompson has resigned as Cotati city manager and will leave her post at the end of the year.
Thompson, appointed as city manager in 2007, had been the longest-tenured city manager in Sonoma County until she handed in her resignation on Friday. She had served as assistant city manager in 2006.
"It's been an honor to serve the citizens of Cotati for the past eight years," Thompson said in a press release by the City of Cotati. "I'm very proud of our achievements - establishing long-term financial stability and building a strong team."
Listed as some of her achievements were getting two sales tax measure passed, as well as hiring a new police chief (Michael Parish), city engineer (Damien O'Bid), community development director (Vicki Parker) and deputy city clerk (Tami Thompson). She also is credited for projects such as the acquisition of Faletti-Veronda Ranch, the new SMART train depot and plaza, renovation of the Cotati Room and the Demonstration Garden and initiating a new approach to development review.
"The city is now positioned to move forward with the improving economy," Thompson said. "I will be working with the council over the next several months to assist in the transition."
One key failure in Thompson's time as city manager was the failure to develop Cotati's northern corridor. The city tried to make improvements to that part of the city by instituting roundabouts (traffic circles) that proved highly unpopular with the citizens. Voters in 2012 passed a measure to permanently ban roundabouts in Cotati.
Still, current Mayor John Dell'Osso had high praise for Thompson.
"Dianne has provided strong, stable leadership for over seven years, longer than any previous city manager," Dell'Osso said. "She will be missed. Dianne leaves Cotati on solid footing with a promising future."
Telephone calls to Thompson were not returned. Check with www.thecommunityvoice.com for updates.