Fresno City Manager Mark Scott announced the resignations of two high-ranking City officials on Friday.

Scott said Rene Ramirez, director of the Public Utilities Department, and Randy Reed, the City’s deputy city manager and communications director, recently submitted their resignations.  Their resignations were effective at the close of business Friday.

“All of us at City Hall have appreciated the positive contributions of Rene and Randy,” Scott said.  “Rene Ramirez has provided leadership over the implementation of significant environmental programs, including upgrades to our wastewater facilities, installation of water meters and new recycling practices.  Randy Reed is one of the best communications professionals in the Central Valley.  We are fortunate to have had his counsel in establishing our public outreach and communications programs.”

During Ramirez’s tenure, the Public Utilities Department has earned accolades and awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the City-County Communications and Marketing Association and others.

Reed has overseen the City’s public outreach and communications efforts and the development of the City’s website.  He also was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Citizens Academy and the Mayor’s Town Hall meetings.

Scott will announce a decision about leadership of the Public Utilities Department this week.

Reed’s position will be left vacant.