City Council Appoints New City Manager
The Walnut Creek City Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday, May 16 naming Dan Buckshi City Manager for Walnut Creek. Buckshi is currently San Luis Obispo’s County Administrative Officer. He replaces retired City Manager Ken Nordhoff.
Buckshi will be paid $254,000. In addition, his contract provides for a loan of up to $300,000 toward the purchase of a home in Walnut Creek. He is expected to begin on Aug. 7.
Mayor Rich Carlston praised Buckshi’s collaborative style. “Dan brings a wealth of experience that will complement our already exceptionally strong organization,” said Carlston. “He is known for his expertise in building consensus in pursuit of achieving a common goal. In addition, his personal style makes him a wonderful fit for our organization and the community.”
Buckshi was equally enthusiastic about the move to Walnut Creek.
“The City of Walnut Creek is a special place and I am extremely excited about becoming a part of the community and the City team,” he said. “My family and I are looking forward to calling Walnut Creek home.”
Buckshi joined the County of San Luis Obispo in 2002 as an Administrative Analyst. In 2006 he was promoted to Budget Director and in 2010 to Assistant County Administrative Officer. In 2012, he was appointed as the County Administrative Officer. Prior to working at the County, Buckshi worked in the automotive and technology industries.
Buckshi served as the lead on budget, compensation, and pension reforms and charted the path forward through the Great Recession. During this timeframe, the County closed cumulative budget gaps of over $75 million and did so without anyone losing their job due to budget cuts. As a result of these reforms, the County’s bond rating was increased to AAA, the highest available.
Buckshi was instrumental in the creation of the first countywide economic strategy, which was a joint effort with the Economic Vitality Corporation. Additionally, Buckshi helped craft the County’s homeless policies and programs, drought response efforts, groundwater management plans, the development of a new airport terminal, and the creation of a countywide tourism district.
Buckshi has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from California Polytechnic State University. He and his wife Kristen have two daughters, Sophia and Claire.