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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, 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.

Dan Buckshi

Dan Buckshi
Board Chair
City of Walnut Creek, City Manager
Dan Buckshi has been the City Manager of Walnut Creek since August 2017. In his role, he provides overall leadership to the organization, supports the City Council, and oversees the operations and budget of the City. Before joining Walnut Creek, Dan worked at the County of San Luis Obispo for 15 years, the last five as the Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to working in local government, Dan worked in the automotive and technology industries. Dan has an undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree in public policy. Dan also serves on the Board of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. Dan is a member of the International City/County Management Association and is a Credentialed Manager.

Dan Schwarz

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.).

Brent Slama

Brent Slama
Board Member
City of Soledad, Interim City Manager

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.

Liz Habkirk

Liz Habkirk
Board Member
City of Napa, Deputy City Manager

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.

Steve Rogers

Steve 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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Linda Smith
Board Member
City of Dublin, City Manager

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.