Schwarz has served as the Interim City Manager in Rohnert Park for the past two years and as the Assistant Rohnert Park City Manager since 2006. Among his prior experience, Schwarz served as the Executive Officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) in Napa County for five years.
In Sacramento, Dan was Deputy Executive Officer and Legislative Chair of the California Association of LAFCO’s.
The vacancy in Larkspur occurred last December when Jean Bonander, long time City Manager, retired after serving the city for sixteen years. The City received thirty-eight applications for City Manager. After extensive interviews with several finalists, the City Council unanimously offered Schwarz the position.
In welcoming Schwarz to Larkspur, Mayor Joan Lundstrom said: “The Council is very excited to have Schwarz as the new City Manager. We are extremely impressed with his ‘hands-on’ experience in municipal finance and budgeting, community development and project management, and improving public communication. We are confident he will provide excellent service to the Larkspur community.”
Schwarz has direct experience in solving difficult city budget issues, negotiating with labor unions, working to update the Rohnert Park General Plan as well as implementing an interactive city website. Larkspur is in the process of updating its General Plan, constructing a new $20 million Twin Cities Police station, developing a permanent public works corporation yard, upgrading a major street and formulating a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. Schwarz will become the next City Manager May 17.
Schwarz holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley in Political Science, with a minor in City and Regional Planning, and a Masters Degree from UCLA.