Midori Lichtwardt was appointed by the City Council last week to run Tracy until the next city manager is hired.
Lichtwardt was most recently the assistant city manager for business services, but she began her career with the city in 1998 in the Public Works Department. She then joined the Human Resources Department, helping guide the city through layoffs during the recession and the brief reduction of the department into a division of the Administrative Services Department. In 2016 she was hired as human resources director.
Former City Manager Randall Bradley established two assistant city manager positions to better administer the city through two emphases — business services and development services. Lichtwardt was picked to run the former.
Bradley’s contract with the city ended Jan. 31, and he is solely chief of the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority, the fire department for the city of Tracy and the rural area.
On Tuesday, by unanimous vote, the City Council appointed Lichtwardt as interim city manager. In addition to handling the duties of Tracy’s executive officer, she is coordinating the national search for the next city manager.
According to a Wednesday news release, Lichtwardt holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from San Jose State University and is a member of several organizations, including the California Public Employee Labor Relations Association, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the International City/County Management Association.