San Luis Obispo CAO being considered for Walnut Creek City Manager

The Walnut Creek City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract naming Dan Buckshi the City Manager for Walnut Creek. Buckshi is currently San Luis Obispo’s County Administrative Officer. He replaces retired City Manager Ken Nordhoff.


The proposed contract states that Buckshi will receive an annual salary of $254,000. In addition, he will be eligible to receive a loan of up to $300,000 to purchase a home in Walnut Creek.

Mayor Rich Carlston said Buckshi’s collaborative style and diverse experience made him the ideal candidate. “Dan has a wealth of experience that would complement our already exceptionally strong organization,” said Carlston. “He is known for his expertise in building consensus in pursuit of achieving a common goal.”

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.

If the contract is approved, Buckshi is expected to begin working in Walnut Creek on Aug. 7.

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