City Manager Tina White announced her plans to retire in May 2019. She has been with the City of Poway for 17 years, starting in 2001 as a management analyst and named City Manager in 2016.
“This has not been an easy decision for me, but I know it’s the right decision,” White said. “I am ready for the next chapter of my life. It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve Poway and to work with such a supportive and professional Mayor, City Council and staff.”
White said she is giving a lengthy notice in order to give the city time to find its next City Manager and help staff prepare for a transition in leadership. The City Council will hire an executive recruiter to conduct a nationwide search for Poway’s next city manager.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus says that it has been a privilege to have her in the role of City Manager and Poway is a better city thanks to her.
“If I had a mayoral magic wand, I’d wave it to change her mind about retirement,” Vaus said. “Tina has always worked harder, smarter and longer hours than anyone else. So, though our entire City Council is sad to see her leave, we wish her the very best in retirement and the next chapter in her life. She has earned it!”
Over the course of the next six months White said that her priorities will be to see the city through the finalization of the Mickey Cafagna Community Center design process and the awarding of the construction contract. She will also oversee delivering the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget to the city’s citizen budget committee.