Today, the City of Sacramento bids farewell to City Manager, John Shirey. Under his leadership, Shirey has helped redefine Sacramento by supporting projects and initiatives that have spurred the revitalization of the downtown core, opening of Golden 1 Center, and the development of the historic railyards.

Shirey, who began as Sacramento City Manager in the fall of 2011, took swift action to stabilize the City’s finances and climb out of the depths of the recession. His passion for City management has helped the City achieve success across all departments through the passing of Measure U, completion of the $165 million upgrade of the Sacramento River Water Plant, and City investments to local art.

Just recently, Shirey witnessed the City Council commit to moving forward with an expansion and upgrade of the Convention Center which, when completed, will bring more visitors and business to Sacramento.

“I am grateful to the City Council and employees — both past and present — for giving me the opportunity to lead Sacramento,” said John Shirey.

“I believe that the City’s greatest strength lies in its workforce. I am thankful to our employees for their service and commitment to making the City a wonderful place to live, work, and have fun.”