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Mike Olmos leaves Visalia better off 

December 28,2017-

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 6.48.07 AMAfter being on the job as Visalia City Manager since 2013, Mike Olmos is retiring but leaving the City better off than when he took office.

“It’s time to to move on” figures Olmos, who has been in public service since 1975 and with the City  since 2001.

Olmos has worked to guide the ship out of the rough waters of the recession since he came on board.

”When I came in 2013, our reserve funds had dropped from about the $13 million level of the past to just $1.3 million.”

“What  I am proud of is that as we tried to rebuild those reserves we did not suffer any significant cut in services like police and fire  protection. Now we have rebuilt that reserve fund back to the $13 million level.”

Olmos says among other initiatives he has worked to build new City facilities including the new 911 dispatch center on the East Visalia Civic Center campus. ”Some of our existing facilities like City Hall are outdated, having been built in 50s and 60s.” The new Civic Center campus has now been laid out to be the future home for the city.

Under his guidance the City has been busy building water recharge facilities even as it expands its walking and biking trial network with the latest being a Santa Fe trail north from Houston to Riggin, being built now.

Under Olmos the City built a new $140 million Waste Water Treatment Facility, the electorate passed Measure N, the City’s General Plan was updated and Visalia moved to district elections.

Olmos says even though all communities are seeing an increase in internet shopping “Visalians are strong supporters of their brick and mortar stores” adding that the positive news is that sales tax revenue coming into the city continues to move higher  – a good sign for the future. Also in Visalia’s Industrial Park, more expansion is underway.

Olmos says while he is leaving his post as of January 2 he has no plans to leave the area where his family has deep roots.

The new City Manager is Randy Groom.

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