PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council has selected David Childs as the new City Manager for the City of Palmdale.
Childs, who has served as an Assistant County Manager for Washoe County, Nevada since October of 2006, was selected through a nationwide recruiting process with the firm Peckham & McKenney that began in August 2011 when Palmdale City Manager Steve Williams announced his retirement. Williams has been serving as a temporary part-time city manager during the recruitment process.
There were 38 candidates who submitted resumes. Peckham & McKenney presented the City Council with a list of the top 18. The Council then selected five very good and highly qualified candidates for interviews on Jan. 25.
Childs is scheduled to begin his service on April 2, 2012.
The term of his initial employment agreement will be for three years with an annual compensation of $225,000.
In his role as Assistant County Manager for Washoe County, Childs has had responsibility for the operations of public works, regional parks and open space, the department of water resources, building and safety and the department of community development.
Due to the retirement of the community development director at the end of 2010, Childs had also been assigned to serve as acting community development director.
Childs has been in service to local government since 1972. Early in his career he held several local and regional planning positions, including serving as the director of planning for the City of Casa Grande, Arizona and as the director of physical and natural resources for the Central Arizona Association of Governments.
He also served as city manager in four cities in Minnesota and one city in California between 1978 and 2000.
Childs is currently serving as the President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) which is the professional association of City and County Managers and local government professionals with over 9,000 members in the U.S. and in over 20 countries around the world.
He is also an ICMA-Credentialed Manager.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)