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Longtime leader in Citrus Heights retiring after two decades of service

Rhonda Sherman
Rhonda Sherman and her husband, center, stand with members of the Citrus Heights City Council for a photo during a council meeting on Aug. 8, 2019. // Photo courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

By Rylie Friesen
After serving with the City of Citrus Heights for the past two decades, Community Services Director Rhonda Sherman will be retiring. She was recognized for her service during the Aug. 8 City Council meeting. 

“I can say from my heart that I do not believe there’s any other employee that has had more of an impact on Citrus Heights than you,” said Councilman Bret Daniels, referring to Sherman in comments during the meeting. 

Sherman first came to Citrus Heights in 1998, where she was one of the first employees of the then-newly incorporated city. She served in various leadership roles in economic development and also served as city clerk for a period of time.

In 2004, Sherman joined the city’s executive team, serving under the leadership of former City Manager Henry Tingle, who retired in 2016.

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Following Tingle’s retirement, she was appointed in 2017 by current City Manager Chris Boyd to serve as community services director, overseeing both the general services and community and economic development departments.

“I think great leaders in part are defined by the legacy that they leave,” said Boyd, referring to Sherman in comments made during the Aug. 8 meeting.

A proclamation issued by the city credits Sherman’s “innovative leadership,” as a key reason for the city’s successful purchase of the former Sylvan Middle School property. Additionally, the proclamation credits her “instrumental” role in helping craft and launch the city’s first-ever branding campaign: “Solid Roots. New Growth.”

Sherman is also credited with playing a “crucial role” in completing the first phase of the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project, which made extensive roadway improvements from Sylvan Corners to Rusch Park.

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“I am so grateful for a challenging and rewarding 30-year career in local government,” Sherman said in brief remarks during the meeting. “It’s been my honor serving you and the community, and thank you for allowing me to make a difference in the everyday lives of the residents and businesses.”

According to the City Clerk’s office, Sherman’s official retirement date is Sept. 4, 2019. The city has not announced who her successor will be. 

See full proclamation: click here

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