Konradt "Rad" Bartlam was named City of Lodi city manager on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in a unanimous vote of the Lodi City Council. Bartlam had served as the interim city manager the previous six months.
Bartlam's tenure with the City of Lodi dates to 1996, when he was hired as community development director. He spent three years in the private development sector before resuming his position in Lodi in 2008.
Most recently, he oversaw the completion of Lodi's first General Plan update in 19 years and the successful financing of the City of Lodi's first water treatment plant, which is scheduled to complete construction by the end of 2011.
"We wanted a city manager with impressive professional credentials and a good rapport with the Council," Lodi Mayor Phil Katzakian said. "To have this person already in the organization, and with deep ties to the community, is a huge bonus."
"I'm honored to be selected by the City Council," Bartlam said. "I feel privileged to be included in the short list of distinguished gentlemen who have led this organization."
Bartlam said his most-important short-term goal is to take the steps needed to keep Lodi financially stable and continue using the Electric Utility as an economic development tool. Over the long haul, his goals include greater business attraction and growth, expanding Lodi's existing business niches in plastics and the medical field, and seeing the community grow as a destination for wine tourism.
"Above all, I want Lodi to be a place where residents enjoy their quality of life, businesses feel welcome, and visitors want to come back again and again," Bartlam said.
Bartlam graduated from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He and his wife, Nadia, have two children.