Rick Cole is the city manager of Ventura, California and previously served as city manager of Azusa, California and Mayor of Pasadena. He was named one of GOVERNING's "Public Officials of the Year" in 2006 and won the 2009 "Excellence in Government Award" from the the Municipal Management Association of Southern California.

September 21, 2010

Public Service in an Age of Cynicism

Now is the time to refocus on the values that make public service truly worthwhile and rewarding.
August 9, 2010

$800,000 for a City Manager? The pay scandal in the City of Bell

The absurd salaries paid to the top brass in Bell, Calif., not only illuminate what happens when self-interest trumps public service, but also goes to the heart of what public service means.