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.
Michael McHatten has been the Soledad City Manager since 2017 and is also the Executive Director of the Soledad Successor Agency of the Former Redevelopment Agency and serves on the Board of the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
Michael has more than 30 years of professional executive and management experience, including City Administrator for the City of Angels Camp from 2011-2016. Prior to that, Michael was at the City of Madera from 2005-2011 as the Assistant City Administrator and Director of Parks & Community Services. He also worked at the City of Fresno as Acting Assistant Director/Parks Manager. Throughout his public service career, Michael has managed budgets ranging from $3.8 million to $85 million.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in plant science and ornamental horticulture, and significant coursework in urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture. He also holds professional certificates in finance management and human resources from California State University at Fresno.
Michael was born in the San Joaquin Valley, the son of citrus farmers. He has been married to his wife Bertha for 8 years and has one step-son, Brandon.
Fran received an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from University of South Florida. Fran is currently a Master’s candidate for a Master’s in Public Affairs through the University of Missouri. Fran began her career in public sector working in the environmental profession and changed careers and took a position as a Human Resources Analyst within the same organization. Fran promoted through the ranks, ending her 15 year career at Dublin San Ramon Services District as the Human Resources Manager.
In 2010, Fran was selected to take on the role as the City of Hayward’s Director of Human Resources. Fran led the Human Resources team providing a broad range of human resources functions including labor negotiations with 11 bargaining units and managing a multi-million dollar workers’ compensation program. She also led the development and approval of the City’s first comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan.
In 2014, Fran was selected by the City of Walnut Creek to serve as the City’s Human Resources Director. In July of 2015, she was promoted to Assistant City Manager and has led the development and implementation of the City’s first comprehensive employee engagement program, CARE. She also has served as Interim City Manager for the City of Walnut Creek. Currently serving as the Assistant City Manager, she oversees Human Resources, Risk Management, Emergency Management, Economic Development, Legislative Advocacy efforts and the City’s Parking Enterprise.
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.