City managers in Folsom, Rocklin to step down

Horst is leaving the City of Rocklin after seven years to become city manager in Maricopa, Ariz.
Horst is leaving the City of Rocklin after seven years to become city manager in Maricopa, Ariz. City of Rocklin

City managers in Folsom and Rocklin announced they would step down this week after seven years in their current roles for unrelated reasons.

Evert Palmer is retiring after 22 years working for the city of Folsom, including seven in his current role and six as assistant city manager. Palmer’s last day will be July 15, according to a news release distributed Wednesday.

Palmer planned and oversaw construction of Folsom’s main library, the 24,000-square foot Georgia Murray Building, and is an adjunct professor of public administration at Golden Gate University.

Also on Wednesday, Rick Horst announced he would depart Rocklin on June 22 to become the city manager in Maricopa, Ariz. He had previously held the top job in five cities in Utah and Florida, according to a news release.

Horst’s accomplishments include securing some private funding for an $11.3 million interchange at Highway 65 and Whitney Ranch Parkway and purchasing Rocklin Golf Club in January after a drawn-out battle. The 184-acre golf area, which the city bought for more than double what PGA professional Charlie Gibson paid in 2011, will be converted into unspecified green space.

Horst was a finalist for the city manager job in Reno two months after signing a five-year contract with the city of Rocklin in December 2016, the Placer Herald reported. He made $321,884 in pay and benefits in 2016, according to Transparent California, while Palmer made $335,479.31.

“It’s with mixed emotion that I will say goodbye to the staff and citizens of the City of Rocklin,” Horst said in a written statement. “I leave a better man and more skilled professional due in large part to what I learned and the experiences I shared with so many people here. Together we have ensured the fiscal stability for both the present, and I believe, the future of Rocklin.”

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel