David Tooley is retiring after nearly 25 years as Madera's top administrator. Contributed
Written by David Castellon
David Tooley will retire at the end of the month as Madera’s city manager.
“It has been my pleasure to serve this community for nearly 25 years,“ Tooley said in a written statement. “As people leave or retire, it is customary to reflect on their accomplishments. I prefer to simply say, ‘Thank you.’ I have had the opportunity to work with some exceptional people on projects that made Madera a better place to work, live, and play. I cannot imagine a better professional journey. I raised my family here and have made life-long friends. Madera is my home by choice, not by chance.”
Tooley’s career in public service included stints as city manager for the cities of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Eureka, in Northern California. He was the interim city manager for Dunsmuir, north of Redding, when Madera hired him.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with someone as professional and dedicated as David. His passion for Madera and vision to keep us moving forward is exceptional,” Mayor Andrew Medellin said in a written statement after the Madera City Council agreed to accept the resignation for purposes of retirement during the group’s Wednesday night meeting.
“For almost 25 years, David has helped steer and guide the ship that is Madera, he has dedicated most of his life to the well-being, safety and prosperity of the community from a position that is mostly a thankless job.”
The mayor also thanked Tooley’s family for their support of the man.
“On behalf of myself and the city council, I wish Mr. Tooley the best of luck as he enters into a new, more relaxed chapter in his life.”
As for his plans for that chapter, Tooley said in his written statement, “My friends in the business who have retired tell me it takes a while to learn how to sleep again. Living on adrenaline gets in the way! All kidding aside, I will look for some other avenue of service and seek to ‘pay forward’ the lessons and opportunities given freely to me by many mentors over a 40-plus- year career.
The Madera City Council will likely appoint an interim city administrator during its next meeting on Dec. 20.