For Immediate Release

City Manager Announces Retirement

Contact: Patrick Johnson
Department: City Manager
Phone: 760.639.6131
Release Date: September 27, 2011

City Manager Rita L. Geldert has announced her upcoming retirement effective in December. Ms. Geldert was appointed City Manager for the City of Vista in 1997 after serving three years as Assistant City Manager. Her career in public service has spanned more than 36 years, primarily in local government.

“Rita Geldert is one of the finest city managers in the State,” said Mayor Judy Ritter, “her departure will be deeply felt. Under her administration, Vista has weathered the country’s most severe economic downturn in decades and she has been instrumental in overseeing the consolidation of departments and services that will benefit us well into the future.”

“Unfortunately, Vista is losing one of the premier city manager’s in the State,” said Councilman Steve Gronke. “Her knowledge of finance, human resources, and all facets of local government has served the City well during her tenure.”

During her tenure, Ms. Geldert oversaw significant progress in the community including the development of Vista Village, the initiation of the community volunteer program Vistans ROC (Revitalizing Our Community), and the construction and completion of the City’s Community Projects which include: three new fire stations, the Vista Sports Park, the Moonlight Amphitheatre Stage House, and the new Civic Center.

“This is a bittersweet time for me,” said City Manager Rita Geldert, “I have been blessed with working for the City Council members and the community of Vista. I consider the employees of Vista as part of my family and this ongoing camaraderie to accomplish tasks for the greater good has provided me with a great deal of satisfaction.”


Ms. Geldert earned her Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Chico, and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis. She is also a credentialed Instructor in the Masters Program in Public and Business Administration. Prior to becoming the City Manager, she served as the City’s Assistant City Manager; Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Dana Point; Management Services Officer for the City of Merced; and Personnel Officer for the City of Vacaville. She also worked as a Contracts Administrator for Xerox Corporation and as a Personnel Specialist for the California State University system.

Ms. Geldert has been very active in the City Manager profession and has served as the past President of the California City Management Foundation Board of Trustees; is a member of the International City Management Association, City/County Manager’s Association; active with the Vista Community Clinic; and is currently a board member for the Tri-City Hospital Foundation.

Ms. Geldert and her husband Dale, have three children and three grandchildren. She looks forward to spending more time with her family and having free time to devote to the charities that are close to her heart.

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