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Posted on: February 7, 2017


New Soledad City Manager Michael McHatten wants to help make the City of Soledad a hub for innovation, investment and cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Soledad City Council in December selected McHatten as City Manager. As the city’s top executive, McHatten oversees nine departments and a $30 million budget. McHatten replaced Soledad City Manager Adela Gonzalez, who retired in Sept. 2016.
Born in the San Joaquin Valley, McHatten said Soledad feels like home for him and he wants everyone to feel a sense of place and purpose in the community.
The son of citrus farmers, McHatten understands the unique challenges facing agricultural farmers. McHatten also wants to help create a culture within the organization that promotes open and candid communication. He is a proponent of transparency and is looking forward to an open-door relationship with the community and the media.
“We are a small, but mighty city, with a big heart and even bigger dreams,” McHatten said. “Soledad is blessed with a vibrant agricultural community, citizens who have a standard of living, and businesses who are committed to providing the economic lifeblood for our great city.”
Soledad Mayor Fred Ledesma said McHatten is the perfect choice to help lead the city in 2017 and beyond.
“Mr. McHatten is uniquely qualified to manage our city,” Mayor Ledesma said. “His experience managing budgets, revitalizing communities and building camaraderie and morale among employees is unparalleled. I am at the edge of my seat in anticipation of the direction our wonderful city is headed.”
McHatten has an open-door policy and welcomes the opportunity to meet with the media and members of the public to discuss the future of Soledad.
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