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Richmond mourning loss of city manager

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:16 PDT, Fri September 20, 2019

Robert Gonzalez, a long-standing City of Richmond employee and member of the senior management team, has passed away at the age of 49.

A Richmond resident, Robert Gonzalez joined the city in 1999 as a project engineer and soon moved into the management ranks, serving in various leadership positions including the director of engineering and, in 2008, the general manager of engineering and public works. In 2015, Gonzalez was also assigned responsibility for the deputy CAO position, a role he held until his passing on Sept. 18.

“Robert was an asset to the city and the community he loved and served who always worked to ensure that the best interests of the city and community were maintained,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “He was actively involved in the development and implementation of many key initiatives. One of those, the Lulu Island Energy Company, is an award-winning component of the city’s green strategy.

“Robert Gonzalez was regarded by those who knew him as a compassionate, innovative and creative leader,” Mayor Brodie added. “On behalf of council and the city, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

Gonzalez was also active in his community, volunteering as a ringette coach as well as sitting on the board of the Richmond Arenas Community Association. He was also well known for his love of classic cars.

Robert Gonzalez is survived by his wife, Tina, and their two daughters, Juliana and Isabella.

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