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Regional Government Services Authority (RGS) is a California Joint Powers Authority (JPA).  Under California law, a JPA can be formed by two or more governmental agencies, with the agencies becoming governing members of the JPA.  The members of RGS are the Cities of Dublin, Larkspur and Walnut Creek and the Town of Yountville.  Each agency’s chief executive officer has a seat on the Board of Directors for RGS.  Officers of the Board of Directors are elected once per year from the Board Membership.  The Board of Directors appoints individuals to assist the Board in overseeing the operation of the JPA, including an Executive Committee and a Finance Committee.

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Ken Nordhoff
Board Chair
City of Walnut Creek, City Manager
Manager of Walnut Creek, Ken Nordhoff is a native Californian.  He was born in Arcadia and grew up in Southern California.  Go Dodgers!  Ken received an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Cal Poly Pomona in 1983.  Following graduation, Ken spent a few years in public accounting as a licensed CPA, working for the firms of Diehl, Evans and Company in Irvine and Thrall, Lavanty and Baseel in Upland.  In 1988, Ken became the Fiscal Officer for OPARC, a non-profit organization located in the “Inland Empire” region of Southern California dedicated to helping people with disabilities and their families.  He has worked in the public sector since 1990.  His first municipal management position was with the City of Monrovia as the Administrative Services Director from February 1990 up through November 1996.  Ken began working for the City of San Rafael in 1996.  He served as Assistant City Manager from 1998 through 2005, overseeing the Finance, Human Resources, Parking, and Information Technology functions.  Ken was selected to serve as San Rafael’s City Manager in December 2005.  In addition to his City Manager duties, he served on a variety of JPA Boards in Marin County.  In 2010, Ken completed the Berkeley Executive Seminar at UC Berkeley’s Public Policy School. Ken was hired as the City Manager in Walnut Creek, CA, effective December 2010.
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Dan Schwarz
Board Vice-Chair
City of Larkspur, City Manager
Dan Schwarz became City Manager of Larkspur in May 2010.  Before joining Larkspur, Dan spent four years with the City of Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, first as Assistant City Manager and then as Interim City Manager.  During his tenure with Rohnert Park, Dan led an organizational restructuring that reduced the city budget by 18%.  He also oversaw the opening of the Rohnert Park City Hall and the Rohnert Park Civic Plaza.  Earlier in his career, Dan spent eight years working for Local Agency Formation Commissions, first in Orange County and later in Napa County.  He was involved in the incorporation of two cities, Rancho Santa Margarita and Aliso Viejo.  Dan also has experience in education and housing administration.  A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Dan has lived and worked throughout California.  His travels around the state have included stops at UC Berkeley (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A.).

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Chris Foss
Board Member
City of Dublin, City Manager
Chris Foss, City Manager for the City of Dublin, is the City’s chief administrative officer responsible for providing overall leadership and administrative direction to the organization in the fulfillment of City Council policies and priorities.  Mr. Foss served as the City of Dublin’s Assistant City Manager starting in 2008 in which he oversaw the City’s day to day operations of Economic Development, Community Development, Public Works, and Administrative Services.  Prior to serving as Dublin’s Assistant City Manager, Mr. Foss served as the City’s Economic Development Director for nine years.  His public service career has spanned more than 30 years, having worked in various positions with the cities of Fullerton, Garden Grove, Alameda County Office of Education, and the City of Burbank.  He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Mr. Foss was selected as a United States Office of Personnel Management Presidential Management Intern in 1982.  Mr. Foss is a member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), Municipal Management Assistants of Northern California (MMANC), and California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).

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Michael P. Garvey
Executive Committee Member
Former City Manager
Mr. Garvey has over 35 years of experience working in and with local government.  He has served as a leader in the City Managers Department (the California organization of City Managers), including service as President, and has served on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities.  Prior to that, he served on committees of the County Services Association of California (CSAC), the association of California counties, giving him a unique perspective on the operations of both levels of government.  Mr. Garvey currently is working with a consortium of local governments on the San Mateo Peninsula to develop a master plan for El Camino Real, recently completed service as the interim Executive Director for two JPAs in Marin County, and is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in the development of a training program for senior executives at the local level of government throughout the western United States.  He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including the American Society for Public Administration’s “Bay Area Public Official of the Year” award, the Silicon Valley “Public Administrator of the Year” award and the “Technology Manager of the Year” award from Public Technology, Inc., an international innovation advocation organization.

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Steven Rogers
Board Member
Town of Yountville, Town Manager
Steven Rogers was appointed Town Manager by the Yountville Town Council in October, 2007.  He was born and raised in a small town in mid-Michigan and moved west to California after college.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on local government management from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Steve resides in Yountville and enjoys walking and biking throughout the town.  Steve has worked in local government management for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Yountville in 2007, he served as General Manager/CEO for the North Tahoe Public Utility District which was a sewer, water and parks and recreation special district located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  Steve previously served as the first Assistant City Manager for the SF Peninsula community of San Bruno where he was responsible for the day to day operations of that organization and also served as the Assistant Executive Director of the San Bruno Redevelopment Agency.  Past experiences include roles as Assistant to the City Administrator in Ann Arbor, MI and Santa Paula, CA as well as Administrative Services Director in Indio, CA.

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