Local Government Specialist Emeritus

Ms. Chamber’s 25 years in local government includes executive leadership as a City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, and Human Resources Director in full-service urban and suburban communities, including the California Cities of Burbank, Daly City, San Bruno, Sunnyvale, Chico, and Ukiah and the Minnesota Cities of Burnsville and Brooklyn Center. She began her local government career with the City of Burbank, where she worked directly with Public Works Engineers, the finance team, and streets, fleet, and corporation yard personnel. In addition, she served a two-year term as Interim Public Works Director for the City of San Bruno, where she was responsible for ensuring that previously delayed capital improvement projects totaling $22 million were completed on time and on budget. These projects included a variety of streets, sidewalks, water, wastewater, and facilities.

Ms. Chambers served as Ukiah City Manager for seven years, retiring in June 2015, and then served as Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Sunnyvale. She has recently again provided interim support to the City Manager’s office in Sunnyvale during its permanent Assistant City Manager search process. Throughout her career, Ms. Chambers successfully implemented strategic realignment of service delivery systems, including financial resources, to achieve improved and sustainable programs for citizens.

Ms. Chambers has expertise assisting elected officials, city staff, and community stakeholders in identifying and achieving desired goals in complex financial and operational environments, as well as operational and service delivery experience in economic and community development, housing, human resources, parks and recreation, public works, water, sewer, and solid waste. Ms. Chambers is an International City/County Manager Association Retired Credentialed Manager, having earned and maintained this recognition annually for more than a decade. She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.

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Ken Hampian

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“I am really, really impressed. I am impressed at the exhaustiveness of your study, impressed at the honesty and candor with which you expressed your findings; I am very impressed at the constructive tone of it, and that you came in under budget as well. So, thank you very much. I think that this document is going to be a cornerstone for us really moving forward for the next five, ten, twenty [years], half a century.”

Luke Garrott

Salt Lake City Council Meeting

“I wanted to offer my compliments to Citygate, to Mr. Gary for this very comprehensive report.”

John Ashbaugh

San Luis Obispo Council Member

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J.T. Martin

Salt Lake City Council Meeting

“Thank you very much for a comprehensive report. Thank you.”


Palm Springs

“I was absolutely thrilled with the report because it was very comprehensive, very detailed. I call it the ‘time-in-motion study’ almost and some of the aspects [are] ‘how does your paper flow? How can you make your processes better? . . . As a government agency, how can we provide better service to the constituents?’ And to us we think that this study identifies those things down to all of the small paper processes and flows.”

Rita Geldert

Retired City Manager City of Vista, CA

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Lorrie Brewer

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“Thank you so much for all you have done. And it’s so comprehensive, I know it’s going to take a while for us to digest it all, but I think you’ve come up with some really good recommendations.”


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“I think Citygate has done a great job. It seems like you’ve been most thorough and even-handed in your evaluations and you’ve given us certainly a lot of suggestions and guidelines to work with.”

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City of Vista, CA

“I think this is one of the most comprehensive reports and I think probably one of the best presented reports I’ve seen in my years in government service. I want to start off by commending you for that and acknowledge that the work that you were able to do with cooperation from all of the different firefighting agencies in this region was second-to-none.”

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