Category: From the City Manager’s Desk

Adopted Budget Reflects Economic Recovery

The annual budget is adopted by the City Council to set financial course for the City and define the service priorities provided to the community.  After a protracted drop in revenues that began with the pandemic’s onset in early 2020,  Sonoma is now seeing continued and pronounced local economic recovery. Federal relief grants from the … Continued

Sue Casey Named Acting City Manager

At their February 16, 2022, meeting, the Sonoma City Council appointed Sue Casey, the City’s Assistant City Manager, as Acting City Manager. Council approved Mrs. Casey’s appointment during Wednesday’s regular City Council meeting. In addition to having served as the City of Sonoma’s Assistant City Manager overseeing Finance, Human Resources, and Risk Management for the … Continued

Are you prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

By this time, it’s likely you have heard about or been impacted by PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program to proactively turn off the power for safety during periods of extreme wildfire danger. If weather forecasts indicate gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with heightened fire risk, PG&E may turn off the electricity serving … Continued

Introducing Garrett Toy, Sonoma’s New City Manager

Sonoma City Council is pleased to introduce our new City Manager, Garrett Toy. The City Council approved an employment agreement and announced the appointment of Mr. Toy during their City Council meeting on June 7, 2021. Mr. Toy comes to the City of Sonoma with 30+ years of experience in local government. Having recently served … Continued

Sonoma City Council to Appoint New City Manager 

At their meeting on June 7, 2021, the Sonoma City Council will consider approving an employment agreement with Garrett Toy to serve as City Manager of Sonoma.  Mr. Toy will take the reins on July 20, 2021.    Garrett Toy today serves as the Town Manager of the Town of Fairfax, California, and has been in that position since 2013.  Garrett has also … Continued

Join us on our Journey in Search of a New City Manager: START WITH OUR SURVEY!

(Español abajo) The Sonoma City Council is interested in getting feedback from you, our community, on our search for our next City Manager. It’s an opportunity to have a community discussion on what’s important and your opinion matters. City Manager Search Survey The former Sonoma City Manager retired in January 2021, and the Sonoma City … Continued

Shop Sonoma to Support Sonoma

Staying nimble and flexible is part of owning a small business.  But this year’s challenges of public health restrictions, changing consumer needs, and a dampened economy are testing the resolve of even the most intrepid local business owners.  The City works hand-in-hand (in a socially distanced sense, of course!) with our business community because Sonoma … Continued

Sonoma City Council Hires Dave Kiff as Interim City Manager

At their meeting of November 2, 2020, the Sonoma City Council approved an employment agreement with Dave Kiff to serve as Interim City Manager of Sonoma.  He will take the reins on January 1, 2021, after current City Manager Cathy Capriola steps down for retirement at the end of December. Dave Kiff is currently serving … Continued

Council reviews workplan progress, priorities for coming months

At the meeting of October 19, staff reported to the City Council on the key accomplishments of the past twelve months.  While in typical years this information is included in the proposed budget document reviewed by the Council in June, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the regular budget development process along with the City’s revenues.  The … Continued

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