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Dan BuckshiCounty Administrator Dan Buckshi has been offered the Walnut Creek City Manager position and the Walnut Creek City Council is expected to vote Tuesday, May 16 on the employment contract. If the contract is approved, Buckshi is expected to begin working in Walnut Creek on Aug. 7.

“It has been a great 15 years and it is time for a change,” Buckshi said. “I am proud of all we have accomplished during my tenure and am thankful for the many opportunities the County has afforded me over the years. I feel blessed to have been a part of this community. I developed many close working relationships and I am going to sincerely miss those who have become friends. We have an incredibly talented workforce, especially our executive team and our Administrative Office staff. In my opinion, they are second to none. However, the current Board of Supervisors is very different than the Board that promoted me to the County Administrative Officer (CAO) position five years ago.” 

“The decision to leave was not easy, however opportunities as special as Walnut Creek do not arise often,” Buckshi continued. “After much discussion with my family, we decided it is time for a new chapter in our lives. I am incredibly excited about becoming the Walnut Creek City Manager and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the community. I wish everyone in San Luis Obispo County all the best."

Buckshi joined the County of San Luis Obispo in 2002 as an Administrative Analyst. In 2006, he was promoted to Budget Director and in 2010 to Assistant County Administrative Officer. In 2012, he was appointed as the County Administrative Officer.

“I would like to thank Dan Buckshi for his years of service to our County. During the short time I have worked with Dan, I have seen his leadership and professionalism and he has always strived to move our community forward and do what’s right for the citizens of San Luis Obispo County. I know he will do a great job for the City of Walnut Creek,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairperson and District 1 Supervisor John Peschong.

He served as the lead on budget, compensation, and pension reforms and charted the path forward through the Great Recession. During this timeframe, the County closed cumulative budget gaps of over $75 million and did so without anyone losing their job due to budget cuts. As a result of these reforms, the County’s bond rating was increased to AAA, the highest available.

Buckshi also played a key role in the recent $145 million settlement agreement with PG&E regarding the closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. He served as the point person on behalf of the County and led efforts in concert with the school district and a coalition of cities. The agreement will help protect the public health, safety, and economic security of the region.

Buckshi was also instrumental in the creation of the first countywide economic strategy, which was a joint effort with the Economic Vitality Corporation.  Additionally, Buckshi helped craft the County’s homeless policies and programs, drought response efforts, groundwater management plans, the development of the new airport terminal, and the creation of a countywide tourism district.