Andrew Belknap, Regional Vice President, has more than 20 years of diverse local government management experience. He has served in California local government as a city manager, public works director and independent consultant. As a consultant he has directed many diverse projects and provided interim management assistance for cities, counties and special districts. Andy has been with Management Partners since 2001 and leads the operations of the western region, which is based in San Jose, California. He directs the work of approximately 20 full-time staff members. His recent experience with cities facing fiscal distress includes consulting on budget, fiscal and management issues for Stockton, San Jose, Sacramento, Santa Ana, Vallejo, Stockton, Tracy, San Bernardino, Oakland and many other California jurisdictions, as well as Phoenix, AZ and both Las Vegas and North Las Vegas in Nevada.Andy began his public service career in 1980 with the City of Oxnard, California, in facilities management. He created the citys first automated database for tracking infrastructure maintenance and gained statewide recognition for the citys energy management program. Eventually, Andy was named chief of staff to the public works director and was responsible for budgeting, utility rate setting, capital program management and organizational analysis. In 1989, Andy was named city manager of Ojai, a nationally known resort community (he had been public works director there for the previous three years). Andy brought leadership and fiscal stability to a community that had been through a difficult period of political controversy, staff turnover and financial troubles. When he left this position in 2001, the city had achieved a reputation for credibility, professionalism, teamwork and innovation. While with the City of Ojai, Andy completed several major redevelopment projects including a difficult upgrade of unreinforced masonry in an historic downtown area, and several innovative affordable housing projects. He also negotiated an agreement (the first of its kind) with the Ventura County Sheriff for joint financing and construction of a new police station. At the regional level, as chair of his regions California City Managers Association, in 1998 Andy helped devise a successful plan to create a joint powers library authority to serve seven cities and a over 600,000 residents. He has served on several League of California Cities working groups and was selected to represent the Santa Barbara area on the California City/County Youth Services Task Force.Since joining Management Partners in 2001, Mr. Belknap has participated in over 200 individual consulting projects for cities, counties and special districts in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Idaho and Montana. He has served as the key professional or project manager for most of these assignments. Clients range from very small to very large and include the cities of San Jose, Long Beach and Sacramento; the counties of Orange, Marin, Monterey, San Mateo and Ventura; and large special districts such as the Sacramento Port District and the Los Angeles Community College District. As a corporate officer with Management Partners, Mr. Belknap has helped develop the firms consulting methodology, standards of practice and market presence, which has enabled the firm to successfully complete over 700 separate engagements for hundreds of local government throughout the United States. As an economist, Andy brings a special expertise to public finance issues, including the analysis of local revenue measures. He has completed a broad range of organizational and management studies, cost-of-service and fiscal analyses, inter-jurisdictional service delivery studies, service consolidation and coordination efforts and other complex projects. Andy earned a bachelors degree in math / economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and a masters degree in economics, with a specialty in public finance.
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