Rocklin city attorney Steven P. Rudolph has been selected as the city’s next top executive following the resignation of current city manager Rick Horst last week.
The Rocklin City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with Rudolph, who has served as Rocklin’s city attorney since February 2017. Rudolph previously served as the interim city manager for the city of Galt in 2015 and has served as city attorney, general counsel and special counsel for nearly a dozen public agencies, including the city of Folsom and county of Sacramento.
Contract negotiations will include proposed salary, benefits, and a start date for Rudolph. The council will vote on the contract during open session in an upcoming meeting.
The announcement comes following the resignation of Horst, who announced his departure April 25 after seven years on the job. Horst accepted a job as city manager of Maricopa, Arizona.
As Rocklin’s city manager, Horst oversaw the completion of an $11.3 million interchange at Highway 65 and Whitney Ranch Parkway and the $5.8 million purchase of approximately 184 acres of land that was previously the site of the Rocklin Golf Club. The site will be converted into an unspecified public 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.
In a news release, Rocklin Mayor Ken Broadway credited Horst with making Rocklin "a model for sustainability and forward thinking.”
"Rick’s teambuilding, sound management practices and innovation will be missed, but he has left the city in the best position possible for continued success,” Broadway said.