Citrus Heights Water District
Hilary Straus has worked for nearly 25 years in local government administration and currently serves as General Manager for the Citrus Heights Water District. During his time in the public sector, Hilary served as a City Administrator and City Manager in two cities in California. Hilary also has the unique experience of having worked with a team over a ten year period to transition the newly-incorporated/start-up City of Citrus Heights into a productive and cost effective municipal service provider.
During his career, Hilary has managed or been involved with
developing and/or implementing best practices in administration
and service delivery, including: resolving complex water and
wastewater issues, helping to establish a municipal police
department, reforming budget practices, introducing financial
forecasting to communities, developing and implementing human
resource policies to strengthen performance and accountability,
identifying cost effective and improved insurance coverage,
cutting red tape and promoting a “red carpet approach” to
processing development projects, managing economic development
(including leading downtown economic development), managing
advanced planning/in-fill land use and economic development
studies, coordinating organizational efficiency studies and
strengthening public information and public engagement. Hilary
began his career in public affairs as a college student working
at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and for two
chambers of commerce in northern California.
Hilary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). He has also served as President of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC), as Chair of the California chapter of the International City/County Management Association (Cal-ICMA) and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).