Martin Tuttle, City Manager
The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The duties and responsibilities of the City Manager are prescribed by City ordinance. As the administrative head of the municipal government the City Manager is responsible for ensuring that the policy directions set forth by the City Council are carried out and that the day-to-day operations of the City government run smoothly.
Martin Tuttle was appointed by the City Council to serve as West Sacramento’s City Manager in July 2012. Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Tuttle was the Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He was responsible for the Caltrans Divisions of Local Assistance, Mass Transportation, Planning, Rail, Aeronautics and Transportation System Information.
Mr. Tuttle has over 25 years of top transportation and innovative land use planning management experience at the local, regional, and state levels of government. He has made a career of working with diverse interests and populations to deliver consensus and support for a long list of transportation and other projects in California.
As the executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for six years, Mr. Tuttle led the 22-city/6-county metropolitan planning organization in California’s fast growing Sacramento region and launched its nationally recognized “Blueprint” transportation and land use growth plan. SACOG received state and national awards for its community outreach and collaborative approach in crafting the 50-year Blueprint plan approved by the region’s local agencies. Over 7,500 members of the public directly participated in the process, which has become a model for other planning initiatives in the nation. Due in part to Blueprint’s success, Mr. Tuttle was named one of the region’s 20 most influential people in the past 20 years by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2004.
Mr. Tuttle served for three years as the executive director of the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he directed major road and transit projects for the seven cities and county in Solano. He led the joint powers agency through its innovative reorganization, organized an advocacy effort that secured over $200 million in state and federal transportation grants, and negotiated an award-winning transit coordination and marketing program. The STA was honored as the State’s “Transportation Organization of the Year” by the California Transportation Foundation in 1998.
As a top staff member to Assembly Majority Leader Tom Hannigan in the California State Legislature for 13 years, Mr. Tuttle managed innovative land-use and transportation reform legislation, including the bill establishing the successful Capitol Corridor intercity rail service between Sacramento and San Jose.
Just prior to joining Caltrans, Mr. Tuttle worked as a land planning manager for URS Corp. and, for three years, as vice president for Sacramento-based New Faze Development, where he oversaw the company’s transit oriented development and urban infill housing projects.
A fourth generation native of California, Mr. Tuttle is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.