ANTIOCH, CA – Antioch City Manager Ron Bernal has announced the intent to retire at the close of 2021, ending a thirty-six (36) year career in public service.
With single and combined roles that span twenty-three (23) years in Antioch as Assistant City Engineer, Public Works Director, City Engineer, Assistant City Manager and City Manager, Mr. Bernal will depart with great appreciation for the organization, the community and how pursuits larger than oneself are a collective achievement.
“I’m living proof that opportunity lives in Antioch. I’m proud to call Antioch my home and want to see it continue to be a place where everyone can live a life of purpose and opportunity in peace, safety and community,” stated Ron Bernal. Mr. Bernal shared his plans with the organization late last week, noting “if I could do it all over again, I’d choose Antioch.”
Mayor Lamar A. Thorpe commented, “Ron is an impeccable human being, filled with compassion, understanding, and love. This has been demonstrated time after time in his relentless support and desire to house our unhoused neighbors, provide Antioch youth with new paths filled with opportunity, and much, much more. Ron has been a friend, confidant, and advisor. While Ron will be missed in his capacity as city manager, he and his wife will continue to be Antioch residents and neighbors to many of us.”
The Antioch City Council will consider its transition plans in the coming weeks.
Bernal was named city manager in March of 2017 after serving as city manager on an interim basis after Steve Duran was let go.