David Rudat
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David L. Rudat

P.O. Box 1841     Orange, CA  92856
To provide experienced leadership in budget, administration, personnel, and capital project management, enhanced with exceptional integrity and character, to local and regional agencies that desire interim services or specific consulting services in a dynamic and demanding metropolitan environment.
Masters in Public Administration, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Long Beach State University
Over 25 years of public service management experience in local and county government. Extensive experience in city management, finance/budgeting, redevelopment, human resource management, reorganization, and public safety. Professional skills include:
  • Consensus building, goal setting, and visioning with elected officials
  • Budget development / implementation; fiscal management and oversight
  • Economic development, housing, redevelopment, code enforcement
  • Labor Relations, negotiations, and personnel management.
  • Strong Leadership characteristics (Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty) and motivational
As David L. Rudat and Associates, I have provided the following services since retiring in October 2005:
  • Interim City Manager, City of Los Alamitos, October 2007 to January 2009
  • Special Advisor to Management Partners, variety of assignments including organizational and personnel management, January 2007 to Present
  • Interim Deputy CEO, County of Orange, February 2006 – October 2006
  • Hearing Officer, Utility Tax Appeal Case, City of Redondo Beach, October 2005 to September 2007
City of Orange, CA - 1995 to 2005
Served as the Chief Executive Officer for a full service city in Orange County with a population of 135,000 and over 700 employees. Provided leadership and management through two significant economic downturns leading to recovery. Significant accomplishments:
  • Recreated the Budget Process to increase accountability and provided direct oversight for eleven city budgets; several GFOA awards;
  • Created Internal Audit Unit with a public Audit Committee to improve and ensure public confidence;
  • Downsized the organization through layoffs and attrition, eliminating 130 positions and increased efficiencies with focus on customer service;
  • Recovered over 100% of previously lost funds from the Orange County Bankruptcy;
  • Negotiated and settled 9 labor agreements, including police and fire, within first year as City Manager;
  • Initiated / Negotiated several significant Redevelopment projects that resulted in over $26 million dollars in revenue to the city over 8 years with a focus on business retention as well as business attraction;
  • Created project management teams for Capital Improvement Projects and internal city projects by integrating planning, engineering, and environmental disciplines to reduce change orders and improve completion time lines at lower cost;
  • Negotiated Joint Use Agreements with the Orange Unified School District
  • Negotiated Entitlements for 4000 homes with the Irvine Company
  • Served as President of Orange County City Manager’s Association and the Orange County Division of the League of Cities.
Supervised and managed the Infrastructure and Environmental Division. Supervised 2600 personnel throughout the Public Works, Library, Building and Planning, Solid Waste Management, Community Services and Redevelopment, and the Registrar of Voters departments. Responsible for development of a $1.4 billion dollar budget and directly presenting issues and reports before the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Worked effectively with the Board of Supervisors and other appointed and elected department heads and their staffs to facilitate and execute the goals and objectives of the Board and the CEO’s office.
  • Member of Orange Rotary Service Club, 10 years
  • Member ICMA, 30 Year Award Recipient
  • Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee, 1996-2001
  • Orange County Emergency Operational Area Executive Board, 1996-2005
  • President Orange County City Manager’s Assoc., 2004-05
  • Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America, 1996
  • Silver Beaver National Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1998
  • William Spurgeon Award, Exploring/ Boy Scouts of America, 2005
  • City Manager Foundation/University of Southern Calif. Education Foundation
  • Troy Edgar
    City Council Member, City of Los Alamitos

  • Carolyn Cavecche
    Mayor, City of Orange
    714-532-4508; 714-748-9399

  • Tom Mauk
    CEO County of Orange

  • Stephan Pham
    Director of Human Relations, City of Orange

  • Robert Gustafson
    Chief of Police, City of Orange

  • Lisa Mills
    Retired CEO Orange County Transportation Authority

  • Helen Bell
    Retired Director of Finance, City of Orange

  • Dr. Greg Franklin
    Supt., Los Alamitos Unified School District