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, Soledad 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.
Liz Habkirk serves as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Napa. Her role is multi-faceted and includes managing large projects, coordinating the City’s labor relations team, and improving policies and processes that impact all areas of the City.
Prior to beginning with the City of Napa in January 2020, Liz was a member of the County of Napa team, where she was the Deputy Public Works Director, with oversight of the General Services Division. Her responsibilities included management of 70 staff working in diverse service areas including the Airport, Animal Shelter, Fleet, Property Management, Fairgrounds and Real Estate, and oversight of a combined budget of over $21 million. Liz also previously served as a Principal Management Analyst in the Napa County Executive Office.
Starting her career with the City of Reno in the City Manager’s Office, Liz worked on citywide special projects and served as a liaison to many departments including Finance, Human Resources, Community Development, Parks and Recreation and the Fire Department. With a deep understanding of regulations and best practices of complex departmental functions, Liz has a proven track record of helping to implement process and policy improvements, bring complex projects to successful completion, and lead staff to innovative solutions.
Liz holds a City and Regional Planning Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a member of ICMA and Women Leading Government, and has previously served as a Board member for the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC). Liz is also active in her community participating on school Finance Committees and serving as a youth sports coach.
Brent Slama currently serves as the Interim City Manager for the City of Soledad. His role also includes directing the Community & Economic Development Department, where he most recently worked for seven years as the City’s Community & Economic Development Director, primarily focusing on large-scale residential development. Brent has 14 years of management experience in the public sector including experience as both Interim City Manager and Community Development Director for the City of Greenfield. Prior to his public experience, Brent worked for a number of years in private real estate development.
Brent holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and a Master of Urban Planning degree from San Jose State University. He is a member of ICMA and the American Institute of Certified Planners. Brent has served on numerous community boards, and is actively involved in the local Little League.
Linda Smith, City Manager for the City of Dublin, has spent more than 17 years working in local government. She joined the city of Dublin in 2009 as the assistant to the city manager and was promoted to the city’s economic development director and public information officer before becoming the assistant city manager in 2014. In her current role, Linda has direct responsibility for many of the city’s major operational areas, including public works, parks and recreation, community development, economic development and communications. She had previously worked for the cities of Brentwood and Tracy in the role of economic development.
Prior to working in local government, Linda spent a decade working in the private sector as a communications and marketing executive for emerging technology companies in the Silicon Valley, as well as for companies such as Levi Strauss, Visa, Bank of America and the Clorox Company.
Linda is the 2014 recipient of the MMANC Wes McClure Outstanding Assistant Award and the 2017 recipient of the John H. Nail Award from the League of California Cities. Her involvement also extends into the Dublin community where she resides, as a member of Dublin Rotary and vice president of the Board for Dublin Partners in Education. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in public relations and a minor in political science.
Hilary Straus has worked for more than 25 years in local government administration and has served as General Manager for the Citrus Heights Water District since 2016. During his time in the public sector, Hilary has served as a City Administrator and City Manager in two cities in California. Hilary also has the unique experience of having worked with a team to transition the newly-incorporated/start-up City of Citrus Heights into a productive and cost effective municipal service provider.
At Citrus Heights Water, Hilary is working with a team of elected officials, a highly-educated and talented staff and customer volunteers to implement a strategy to replace aging water mains, to replace aging water meters and to build-out the District’s groundwater program.
Hilary began his career in public affairs 30 years ago as a college intern at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in Atlanta, and he interned while in college for two chambers of commerce in northern California.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).
In addition to his Water District duties, Hilary serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Government (ILG), a non-profit that researches best practices in local government and provides support to cities, counties and special districts.
Hilary just celebrated 20 years of marriage to his wife, Lisa, in April 2020, and is a proud papa to son Zachary.