The city of Murrieta announced that effective July 1, Murrieta’s Assistant City Manager, Kim Summers, will take on the role of city manager when current City Manager Rick Dudley retires in June. Dudley, who announced his retirement last month, has served as city manager since Nov. 19, 2007, and will have completed 35 years in the public sector in Murrieta, the City of Vista and the City of Escondido, upon his retirement.
Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Ingram made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Alan Long, to promote Summers. The motion passed unanimously during a closed session held before the meeting.
A subcommittee, consisting of Mayor Rick Gibbs and Ingram was appointed to negotiate with Summers for salary and other compensation. The terms will be brought back before the Murrieta City Council at a future meeting before Dudley’s retirement.
Dudley’s work with business attraction has garnered the Murrieta a number of job creating businesses such as Loma Linda University Medical Center, Kaiser, CarMax, and eventually five hotels to support the region’s growing tourism industry.
Dudley announced his retirement to the City Council and staff March 16, saying it was time to let others lead the way as his previous plans were to retire in 2014, however, his love for the city and staff has kept him in the role until now.