Professional Biography

  

 Gary Nordquist


Gary Nordquist is Wildomar’s City Manager and General Manager of the Wildomar Cemetery District since 2012.  He was appointed to this position by the Mayor and City Council after serving the newly incorporated City of Wildomar since 2009 as the Assistant City Manager/ Finance Director/ Treasurer/Human Resources Director and Risk Manager. This Wildomar adventure follows three years as the City of Ontario’s Department Administrator and 15 years at the City of Fontana, the last six serving as the Director of Management Services.  Prior to public service, his business and management skills were founded on 12 years of finance and project management experiences from positions he held at TOSCO Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Company.

Using this blend of public and private organization experiences, Gary has become known for his creativity, innovations and contributions to public administration.  He was the first to be recognized for three consecutive years with “Helen Putnam” Awards from the League of California Cities for his work in Financial Management.  He co-authored the “Night Life” energy saving and recreation program which was recognized by the California Parks and Recreation Society.  He was selected by the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) as Public Administrator of the Year and has been a contributing author for several books and articles as well as making presentations of timely public administration issues.

Believing that education and training are lifelong activities, he attended Palomar and El Camino Community Colleges, the California State Universities at Long Beach and Bakersfield and the University of Redlands.  In addition to studies at these schools, part-time employment and internship training from the cities of Redondo Beach, Lomita, Las Vegas and the County of Los Angeles contributed to achieving AA, BA and MPA degrees.

All of these experiences, positions, awards, degrees and teamwork led to employing a successful strategy that kept the newly incorporated City of Wildomar fiscally afloat during the Great Recession and the State’s Motor Vehicle License Fee (MVLF) revenue raid of 2011. With the Governors signing of Senate Bill 130 on May 12, 2017, reinstating the City’s equivalent share of former MVLF revenue and adding 25% to the City’s budget, the repetitive sounds of Mike and the Mechanics song “All I Need is a Miracle” are starting to fade as the City’s starts its fiscal recovery and public service level upgrades.
Gary and his wife Bonni have made Riverside County their home for the past 30 years.

 

Professional Memberships, Affiliations and Recognitions

              
Current:

American Society of Public Administration
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Government Finance Officers Association
International City Managers Association
South West Economic Development Coalition
Western Riverside Council of Government’s Technical Advisory Committee

Past:

First Two-Term President of American Society of Public Administration - Inland Empire Chapter
First Vice-President of the League of California Cities Finance Officers Department
Committee Member- League of California Cities Community Services Department Policy Committee
Board Member - Fontana Federal Credit Union
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee - California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Senior Public Administrator of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of ASPA
Helen Putnam Award of Excellence in Financial Management – Monthly Financial Reporting
Helen Putnam Grand Prize Award of Excellence in Financial Management – User Fees
Helen Putnam Grand Prize Award of Excellence in Financial Management – Fiscal Impacts of Development


  

 

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