After a special closed session Tuesday evening, Mayor Paul Sandhu has announced that Galt City Council has chosen Lorenzo Hines Jr. as Galt’s new city manager. Although not official until the Council’s Aug. 4 meeting, where Council is slated to approve Hines for the position and the employment agreement, Hines has accepted the offer. If all goes well, Hines will join the city on Aug. 31.
Following a national recruitment process, Hines has been identified by the Council as the candidate most qualified to perform the duties of city manager.
“Mr. Hines has the breadth and depth of financial acumen and experience to help the city continue to plot its course for long-term financial sustainability,” Sandhu said. “I am pleased the council coalesced around this selection.”
Hines has worked in state, local, and county government for 27 years. He is currently the assistant city manager for the City of Pacifica, Calif. and previously served as chief, Management Services Division for California Secretary of State and chief financial officer for Seattle/King County-Public Health in Seattle, Wash. He has also served as finance director for the cities of Edmonds, Wash. and Lynnwood, Wash.
Hines has extensive experience in financial strategy and management expertise, including financial turnarounds, budgets and forecasting. He has wide-ranging experience implementing agency-wide projects and initiatives, expertise in economic development, strategic and tactical planning, and fiscal/policy implementation and analysis.
Councilmember Curt Campion observed Hines’ deep local government background.
“Mr. Hines is an experienced CPA, yet has also shown a well-rounded approach to local government issues beyond just finance,” Campion said.
Vice Mayor Rich Lozano noted that Hines was able to engage in a conversation with the Council about the importance of reaching out to the community, learning its needs and focusing on those needs.
“I am very pleased with the experience Mr. Hines brings to the table and look forward to working with him on the many issues that face Galt,” Lozano said.
Councilmember Paige Lampson expressed confidence in the council’s unanimous selection.
“I am very pleased that we were able to recruit the caliber of candidate that Mr. Hines represents,” Lampson said. “He brings a strong record of success and wonderful experiences and ideas from his prior posts in California and Washington State.”
Councilmember Shawn Farmer believes that Hines will be a great fit for the city of Galt.
“I am very happy that the council was able to finally reach the end of this process and agree upon a candidate for our new city manager,” Farmer said. “I believe Mr. Hines will be great for the city of Galt, and am excited to see him in his new role serving our community.”
Hines has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and maintains a Credentialed City Manager designation within that organization. He is also a member of the ICMA affiliated National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
“I am honored to serve as the city manager of the city of Galt, and express my sincere gratitude to the Galt City Council for this great opportunity,” Hines said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the citizens of Galt, the Galt City Council and city staff in the accomplishment of the city’s goals and objectives.”