Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Tuesday praised City Manager Andy Souza for his more than two decades of service to the City of Fresno and appointed Bruce Rudd as interim city manager until the permanent replacement for Souza is in position.

Souza’s last day as city manager will be Monday, Feb. 1, ending a 24-year career with the City of Fresno.  He has served as city manager for more than five years and also served as city controller and assistant city manager during his career.

Mayor Swearengin said the selection of the new city manager will be announced during the week of Feb. 1.

“Andy Souza has worked hard on behalf of the people of Fresno for the past 24 years, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “His knowledge, experience, and steady hand have helped lead the City of Fresno through some of the most challenging economic times we’ve faced.  I wish Andy well in his future endeavors and know that he will excel in whatever he chooses to do.” 

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for the City of Fresno for the past 24 years,” Souza said.  “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with outstanding people who are doing so many great things throughout our City.”

Rudd, now the assistant city manager, will serve as interim city manager until the new manager comes on board. Rudd joined the City Manager’s Office as interim assistant city manager in August 2005 and was permanently appointed to the position in May 2006.

As assistant city manager, Rudd oversees seven departments – Airports; FAX; General Services; Information Services; Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services; Personnel; Public Utilities; Public Works; and Budget.  

Prior to his appointment in the City Manager’s Office, Rudd served as Director of Transportation/FAX General Manager.

“Bruce Rudd has been actively engaged in nearly all facets of City government and has proven himself to be extremely knowledgeable and capable,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “His experience and expertise make him well suited to keeping the City’s day-to-day operations running smoothly during the transition period.”