City of Redwood City Manager Appoints Interim Finance Director

Thirty year municipal government veteran to lead City finance

Redwood City, Calif.–The City of Redwood City announced today the appointment of Starla Jerome-Robinson as interim finance director. Jerome-Robinson recently retired from the City of Menlo Park as assistant city manager and brings over thirty years of municipal government and finance experience to the City of Redwood City. The City of Redwood City’s current finance director, Audrey Ramberg, will be leaving the City of Redwood City to assume the position of assistant city manager for her hometown, the City of Mountain View. Ramberg’s last day is Friday, January 29, 2016. Jerome-Robinson will start on February 1, 2016.

“As the City of Redwood City embarks on its fiscal budget process, a strong finance leader is critical for our community,” said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of the City of Redwood City. “I am confident that Starla’s municipal finance experience will assist us through this interim period. I thank Audrey for her service to our community and know that the City of Mountain View will benefit from Audrey’s substantial experience and leadership. Audrey has helped guide a number of strategic priorities for the City, she is a valued member of the executive team, and we wish her well in her new role.”

In addition to serving as assistant city manager for the City of Menlo Park, Jerome-Robinson has held various executive level management roles for the City of Los Altos, Town of Atherton, City of Milpitas and County of Santa Clara. Jerome-Robinson’s strategic areas of focus over her thirty year career include budget, finance, information technology, human resources, strategic planning, employee development and management. Jerome-Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis in urban studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of America and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.

Redwood City’s interim finance director oversees management of the City’s budgets, investments and accounts in order to ensure the fiscal health and effective operation of the City. The finance director provides day-to-day oversight of finance management staff, and of critical functions including budget preparation and monitoring, financial reporting, treasury management, payroll, accounts payable, general liability, property risk management, utility billing, business license administration, accounts receivable, and purchase order processing.

The appointment of Jerome-Robinson is a full-time temporary position reporting directly to the city manager. The City of Redwood City will begin recruiting for a new finance director this spring.

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About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and

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