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Rancho Cordova names Cyrus Abhar city manager

Cyrus Abhar
Cyrus Abhar

Rancho Cordova has named as its city manager Cyrus Abhar, who has held leadership positions in the city since it incorporated 12 years ago.

The City Council on Monday night unanimously voted to appoint him to the job. Abhar, 57, had served as acting city manager since July 1. The city is still negotiating his contract, including the amount of his salary, according to city spokeswoman Ashley Downton.

Abhar replaces Brian Nakamura, who resigned June 29 after serving as city manager for just under a year. The council accepted his resignation because council members wanted to “achieve more positive results” and “restore the optimistic employee culture,” among other factors, Downton said.

Abhar has been a city employee since Rancho Cordova’s incorporation, including roles as public works director and chief building official.

“Thank you to the Rancho Cordova City Council for entrusting me with the great responsibility of the city manager,” Abhar said in a statement.

Abhar has 27 years of experience in civil engineering, public works administration and business management. He is a registered professional engineer and a licensed land surveyor.

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