The City’s Administrative Services department management team will be fully staffed by the end of January 2016 following five months of transition in the finance and human resources divisions. The creation of the Administrative Services department consolidated the human resources, finance, information technology and risk management functions under a single director to ensure cross-functional coordination on key initiatives and services that support city staff.
Rosendo Rodriguez heads the City’s finance division as finance and budget manager and his first day was Jan. 13. Mr. Rodriguez possesses over 19 years of experience working in both public and private sector finance roles. He joins the city after serving as the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s finance director, where he managed the agency’s financial, human resources, administrative and information technology programs. Mr. Rodriguez also served as the interim district manager for several months during the executive recruitment for a new manager. Mr. Rodriguez is widely acknowledged for cleaning up the District’s finances following discovery that his predecessor embezzled District funds.
Lenka Diaz is the City’s new human resources manager and possesses over 18 years of public service experience, most recently as a senior analyst in Redwood City’s human resources division, responsible for recruitment, employee development and employee relations activities. She previously held a variety of positions during 16 years with the City of Newark, including administrative roles within human resources, public works and recreation and community services. Mrs. Diaz’s first day is Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Finally, Gene Garces promoted to the new classification of information technology manager on Dec.28 and Mr. Garces will continue to manage the information technology division as the City undertakes significant improvements to its technology.