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City Manager Announces Appointment of Ash Feeney as Assistant City Manager

Postition Will Oversee Community and Economic Development

Post Date:November 30, 2018 2:40 pm

Davis City Manager Mike Webb is pleased to announce the return and appointment of Ashley Feeney to the role of Assistant City Manager to oversee Community & Economic Development for the City. Mr. Feeney previously served the City from March 2016 to April 2018, most recently as Community Development Director. In this new role, Mr. Feeney will be responsible for overseeing the Community Development Department but will also be the City’s lead on economic development.

Mr. Feeney has prior experience both with the City of Davis and in various executive leadership roles in private real estate development. During his tenure with the City, Feeney led efforts to develop the local cannabis regulatory framework. He was also at the forefront of the City review and consideration of several key proposals and long range planning efforts, including the Hyatt House and Residence Inn hotels, multiple housing and mixed use proposals, review of the UC Davis Long Range Development Plan, and the kick-off of the Downtown Plan update.

Through his experience in planning, environmental review, community engagement, design, economics, real estate, construction, and team leadership, Mr. Feeney brings a unique and well-rounded perspective of local community development. Moreover, Mr. Feeney will put his expertise to work to spearhead local economic development initiatives, including the honing and implementation of a City economic development strategy. Mr. Feeney will also be key in the implementation of strategic partnerships identified in the MOU recently reached with UC Davis.

“Mr. Feeney will be the City’s face to economic development and will be key to advancing economic development initiatives that are in keeping with City Council policy direction and Davis values,” says City Manager Mike Webb.  Mr. Feeney will report directly to the City Manager and will partner with the Director of Business and Community Engagement, Diane Parro, who will focus on strategic communications and business relations.

“The opportunity to come back and serve the City in an expanded role is very exciting. Davis is recognized as a highly-desirable city which has been shaped through a history of community members that care deeply about the place they live, work and play. Davis is unique and has a lot to offer and I look forward to joining Mr. Webb, my colleagues, and the community in advancing City Council goals and initiatives.  I have a great sense of optimism for the years ahead,” says Ashley Feeney.

His even-keeled approach and keen ability to facilitate discussion amongst a wide range of interests, combined with his passion for high-quality design, creating inviting and vibrant public spaces, and expertise in project economics, augment the City team.  Mr. Feeney has proven himself as a caring and thoughtful leader, with an open and welcoming leadership style, as well as a pro-active and creative problem solver with strong analytic and consensus-building skills. Mr. Feeney is a graduate of Humboldt State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Mr. Feeney has long-established roots in the Sacramento Valley and along with his wife Cynthia, has two sons. Mr. Feeney will begin in his new capacity effective December 17, 2018.

For more information, please contact the City of Davis City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5602 or cmoweb@cityofdavis.org