Rinehart named new deputy city administrator
Position had been vacant since 2010
For the first time since 2010, the City of Yuma has a deputy city administrator. Ricky Rinehart, who has served as operations administrator since February 2012, has been promoted to the position.
The position had been vacant since the retirement of Bob Stull. At that time, the city decided not to fill the position due to the economic downturn.
In the mid-2000s, the city had two deputy city administrator positions. When Greg Wilkinson was named administrator in March 2010, he chose not to fill the positions in an attempt to help with the budget crunch.
But city officials now note that the upturn in development – both residential and commercial – requires more agenda items and projects that need administrative-level involvement.
Rinehart took over new duties on July 22. He will maintain his previous duties in addition to new ones, including some oversight of all city departments.
As operations administrator, Rinehart was responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and managing the administrative functions of City Facilities, Neighborhood Services, Media and Public Affairs, Capital Improvement Program projects and special projects.
“Since joining the city 18 months ago, Ricky has done an exemplary job in taking on a myriad of tasks while learning the structure and organization of the city and handling operations for the city,” Wilkinson said.
“He knows the community, the people and the history and needs of each through his volunteer work at various local nonprofits and other community-based service organizations.”
Wilkinson pointed out that Rinehart also brings a “significant knowledge base and experience gained” from working in several major private corporations.
“He understands customer service, project management and brings with him the leadership that is needed for a large organization,” Wilkinson said.
A Yuma native, Rinehart brings nearly 30 years of private sector experience and a “businessman’s perspective” to his new position, according to a news release.
Rinehart previously worked for Time Warner Cable as the Southwest area manager with operational responsibility for the Yuma and El Centro cable operations.
"When I took the position, I came with an expectation that I would do everything within my power to make the city progress, the quality of life better and leave the city a better place for the next generation," Rinehart said.
His new duties include helping to work out development agreements, a sign that "the city continues to rebound in a positive matter," he noted.
"Yuma is my home. I not only work here, but I live here. There's no better place to be than in Yuma," he said, adding that he also works with "great individuals" who share the "same mission."
Rinehart was inducted into the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Association’s Pioneer Hall of Fame for his years of leadership and service at the local, state and federal levels.