Jordan Ayers, a deputy director for Sacramento County's General Services department, has accepted the position of Deputy City Manager/Internal Services Director for the City of Lodi.
City Manager Blair King said he selected Ayers primarily for his broad financial background, which includes preparing operating and capital improvement budgets, audits and financial reports in his 26 years with Sacramento County. The Lodi City Council will consider approving Ayers' contract at its Dec. 3 meeting. Ayers is scheduled to begin work in Lodi on Dec. 15.
Ayers will serve as the City of Lodi's administrative second-in-command and oversee Lodi's Finance, Budget and Treasury, Information Systems and Human Resources departments. As deputy director for administrative and business services within Sacramento County's General Services department, Ayers' responsibilities include overseeing a 75-person unit and managing accounting, purchasing, information technology,
budgeting, safety and support services.
"Jordan's experience in finance, technology and managing a sizeable staff makes him a good fit for what we need in this position," King said. "I know he'll work with staff to find ways that make us more efficient and better able to serve our customers."
Ayers fills a position that has been vacant since July 3. Ayers has served as a deputy director for Sacramento County since February 2006. He began his professional career with Sacramento County following his graduation from California State University, Sacramento, in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Ayers later received promotions to accounting manager, and served as a chief of accounting for the Public Works agency and later as chief of accounting for General Services.
Ayers was selected as the result of a statewide search. Five candidates were interviewed by two panels, one consisting of finance professionals and the other composed of City of Lodi representatives. King conducted one-on-one interviews with the three finalists, who also met earlier this month with the City's department heads.
Lodi created the Deputy City Manager/Internal Services Director position in 2005 as a cost-cutting measure, combining the three director-level positions of Deputy City Manager, Finance Director and Human Resources Director into one.