Ross town manager retires after six years – Marin Independent Journal

Joseph J. Chinn, Ross town manager. (Courtesy of Town of Ross)

Ross Town Manager Joe Chinn is making retirement plans after six years at the top post.

Chinn, 56, who splits his time between his homes in Larkspur and El Dorado Hills, has announced that he will be retiring in October.

Chinn, who also serves as the town finance director and human resource director, was hired at a $191,000 annual salary in August 2015. His ending salary is $226,956.

“I have been honored to serve the town. It’s an incredible community and the people I’ve worked with have been extraordinary,” Chinn said. “It’s time for me to spend more time with my family and friends.”

In a statement, Mayor Elizabeth Robbins said, “Joe Chinn has been an excellent town manager.

“The town’s financial status is excellent, with balanced budgets and annual payments that have reduced the Town’s pension obligations,” Robbins said.

Chinn manages the town’s approximately $9.8 million budget for the current year. The council approved the town’s $10.6 million spending plan for fiscal year 2021-22, representing an 8.1% increase over the current year.

Robbins said Chinn’s leadership has propelled several projects such as rehabilitating Natalie Coffin Greene Park’s historic shelter and picnic grounds, the Frederick Allen Park courts, expanding and improving the Ross Common and rehabilitating town streets to be rated among the best in the Bay Area.

“His knowledge, support of Town employees, and commitment have served our community extremely well,” Councilwoman Julie McMillan said. “In addition, his tireless efforts have ensured that our Town runs seamlessly, especially over the last 16 months with the unprecedented pandemic.”

Chinn, who is married and has two adult children, said in his retirement he plans to travel and get active in charitable organizations.

Arriving in the town of Ross with 25 years of experience in management, public finance and planning, Chinn previously served as assistant city manager in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, for 10 years. He also served as finance administrator and finance director for the city of Elk Grove from 2002 to 2006.

He has a bachelor of science in finance and a master of urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois. He is also an International City/County Management Association credentialed manager.

Chinn said the council met Monday in a special meeting and decided to hire an executive search firm to lead the succession planning. Requests for proposals went out Tuesday, he said.

“We anticipate recruiting another outstanding candidate, but we will miss working with Joe,” Robbins said.