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City of Tracy Appoints Interim City Manager, Midori Lichtwardt

Posted: Feb 8, 2019

Tracy, Calif. – In a unanimous vote at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night,the Tracy City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Midori Lichtwardt to the position of Interim City Manager. 

 
Midori Lichtwardt began her career in local government at the City of Tracy Public Works Department in 1998. After a year, she transitioned to the Human Resources Department where she served as a Human Resources Technician, was later promoted to Senior Human Resources Analyst and then became the Human Resources Manager. In 2016, she became the Director and was charged with reinstituting Human Resources as a department after a short stint as a division within an Administrative Services Department. Midori is credited with building strong partnerships throughout her organization.  In 2016, she oversaw a contentious labor negotiations process, which tested the strength of those partnerships, but ultimately resulted in ratified contracts while preserving her good working relationships with the labor groups.
 
On May 1, 2018, Midori proudly stepped into a new role as Interim Assistant City Manager. She worked alongside the City Manager to carry out City Council’s strategic priorities and ensured the overall operations of the City ran smoothly.  Midori played a key role in facilitating the coordination of the City Council agenda reports between all City departments and the City Clerk’s Office before they were presented to Council for consideration.
 
In November of 2018, Midori was appointed as one of two Assistant City Managers for the City of Tracy.  She oversaw Business Services, which includes Finance, Human Resources, Economic Development, Information Technology, City Clerk’s Office, the Grand Theatre and Public Relations/Communications.  One of her recent projects was assisting with the transition of the City’s Fire Department into a Joint Powers Authority that will provide regional fire prevention and suppression services to the City of Tracy and surrounding areas. She also coordinated the implementation of several technology upgrades, including new Council agenda management software and the procurement of an upgraded website content management system.   
 
Midori has a proven record of building bridges with employees at all levels of the organization and has been involved in facilitating employee-led organizational development programs. She has a strong background in labor negotiations, executive recruiting, classification and compensation, risk management, training and employee development.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech
Communication from San Jose State University and is a member of the California Public Employee
Labor Relations Association, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
 
The former City Manager, Randy Bradley, returned to the Fire Department as the Fire Chief on February 1st.  The recruitment for a permanent City Manager is currently underway.
 
IMAGE: Midori Lichtwardt, Interim City Manager
 
ABOUT THE CITY OF TRACY
Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!
 
CONTACT
Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer
(209) 831-6102
 
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