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Dave Kiff joined the City of Sonoma as Interim City Manager in January 2021.

He formerly served as the Interim City Manager for the City of Healdsburg and completed that assignment in December.  Kiff recently spent four months with the City of Huntington Beach as its Interim City Manager as that city also conducted a recruitment for a permanent City Manager.  Mr. Kiff worked for the City of Newport Beach for 20 years — nine of those as City Manager. Newport Beach has a full-time staff of about 730 people and an annual budget of about $223 million. Before that, he worked for the County of Orange, the City of Orange, and the California State Legislature.  He brings a wealth of experience to the City of Sonoma. Mr. Kiff grew up in Healdsburg and has recently returned there to retire in Sonoma County.

“I’m looking forward to working with the City Council and staff to continue efforts helping Sonoma through economic and public health emergencies while the City continues to provide daily public services,” stated Mr. Kiff.  “These are challenging times that require all of us to look at innovative ways to sustain city government, businesses, non-profits and community groups, and all of the programs and activities that make Sonoma special.  While I doubt any one of us alone has the silver bullet to solve this crisis, if we can work together as residents, the Council, the community, the management team, and the business community, we’ll get through this.”

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