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“Today I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Rundel, as the next City Manager of Auburn”, said Mayor Bridget Powers. Vice Mayor Keith Nesbitt went on to say, “Tim brings a wealth of experience to the job, with 12 years of public management expertise with a special emphasis in public finance, budgeting and economic development.” Mayor Powers said how pleased the Council was with the great job Peckham & McKenney did for the City. “Bobbi Peckham was always available for us and took the time to detail where we were in the process. Bobbi made sure we looked at a pool of talent that met the profile and requirements of the Auburn City Manager position”said Mayor Powers.
Tim Rundel is forty-seven and currently holds the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Midwest City, Oklahoma (pop. 55,000 w/ $147M Annual Budget/500 full-time employees). As the Assistant City Manager of Operations, Rundel oversees the operations of Public Safety (Fire, Police and Emergency Mgt.), Public Works, Community Development (Planning and Engineering) and Code Enforcement. Rundel attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree and received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
“My wife Brandy (a commercial real estate broker) and I are very excited to have the opportunity to join the community of Auburn and to work with the Mayor and City Council,” said Rundel. He went on to say, “I have traveled to California for numerous business and vacation trips. Auburn hands down, is the friendliest city I’ve traveled to in this great state. The City of Auburn has so much going for it, but by far its greatest assets are an engaged community, a dedicated and innovative City Council and a committed workforce.”
Council Member Kirby shared that setting aside Tim’s love of the OKC Thunder, what impressed him was Tim’s energy and experience in Human Resources, “Yes, Tim has outstanding credentials in the area of HR”, said Council Member Kirby. Council Members Hanley and Holmes both commented on Tim’s past record of community involvement. “Tim is a past Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow Recipient) and brings his commitment to the Four-way test,” said Council Member Holmes. Likewise Council Member Hanley gave special notice for Tim’s service to his country as a member of the U.S. Air National Guard. “Tim’s six years with the Guard was an added plus for me”, said Council Member Hanley. Rundel was named “Airman of the Year” for the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1994.
Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry was saddened to hear the news. “The City of Auburn is stealing one of the best municipal managers in the State of Oklahoma. Tim’s hard work and dedication to the City of Midwest City for the past 7 years will have a long lasting impact on my community,” said Mayor Fry. “I wish Tim and Brandy the best in this new journey. I know the two of them will make Auburn a better community to live and work,” added Fry.
Rundel has two children currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma. Grace, a junior pre-med major, plans to apply to UC Davis and other Northern California medical schools. His son Braden is a Computer Science freshman who wants to re-locate to the Silicon Valley area upon graduation. “Both of my children have expressed their desires to continue their education and careers in Northern California and that played a substantial role in my decision to pursue the Auburn City Manager position,” said Rundel. “I was very selective in which California cities I applied to and Auburn’s tourism, historic preservation, and potential economic growth were also key factors,” added Rundel.