City Manager Tony Ramos
Tony Ramos became the City Manager of Claremont, California in 2011. Ramos was a natural choice for the position, after serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City since 2006. He has worked in city government for over 35 years: he began his career in government in 1979 for the City of West Covina's Parks and Recreation Department, and also served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Walnut for 16 years.
Under Ramos' leadership, the City of Claremont has seen an average budget surplus of over $1.5 million each year and an increase in the general reserve fund from 27% to 31%. Following budgetary cuts brought on by the economic downturn in 2008, Ramos spearheaded efforts to increase the City's sales tax revenue and reduce pension-related costs. He successfully negotiated agreements with all six of the City's bargaining units to contribute their share of PERS contributions and reduce employee benefits. In the last two years, the City has seen an increase in sales tax revenue with the revitalization of several shopping centers in the city and an aggressive business attraction program. In addition to increasing reserves and revenue, he restored several programs and staff positions including additional patrol officers.
His lifelong commitment to public service is driven by a passion for community building, civic engagement, and responsive government. He is an active member of several local and regional organizations and serves on the League of California Cities Public Safety and City Manager's Executive Committees. Ramos is also a member of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments City Manager's Technical Advisory Committee and International City Management Association.
After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix in 2008, Ramos became involved in several nonprofit organizations that provide vital social services to the community, including House of Ruth and Shoes That Fit.
Mr. Ramos's strength lies in his ability to build consensus and establish strategic partnerships. The City of Claremont has successfully partnered with the Claremont Colleges, Claremont Unified School District, Claremont Chamber of Commerce, and the Cities of Pomona, Upland, and La Verne on infrastructure projects, special events, facility use, and environmental programs.
In the next year, he will oversee the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan, Foothill Boulevard Master Plan, Watershed Management Plan for compliance with MS4, and potential acquisition of the Claremont Water System.