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Rudd says he'll stick around as city manager
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 7 years ago on
December 2, 2016

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Mayor-elect Lee Brand expressed publicly many times that he could inherit the current administration’s city manager. He will now get his wish.

At the opening ceremony of the Cultural Arts District Park in downtown Fresno, Rudd tells GV Wire that he plans to accept Brand’s offer to stick around at least six months to help the transition until a new city manager can be hired.

Rudd has served the city in various capacities for the last 40 years. He started in 1976 fixing buses. He moved his way up to transportation director before being promoted by Mayor Ashley Swearengin to city manager in 2013.  The city council on Thursday voted to rename the Fresno Area Express (FAX) administration building in his honor.

Brand says he plans to conduct a nationwide search to find Rudd’s replacement.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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