About the City Manager
Meet the City ManagerAs Eugene’s City Manager, Jon Ruiz is working diligently to ensure ongoing social, environmental and economic progress for our community. His emphasis on open communication and collaboration, and his positive, solution-oriented style strengthens valuable relationships and helps promote a healthy, productive civic culture.
Since Ruiz (pronounced “Reese”) came on board in April 2008, he has worked with City staff, elected officials and community members to tackle a number of challenges: balancing the City budget; devising a 21st century plan through the Envision Eugene initiative; filling the long vacant pits in our downtown area; improving our previously neglected street system; fostering sustainability by preparing for climate change and fuel uncertainties; addressing housing and homelessness issues faced by an ever increasing number of citizens, including many veterans; and reducing formerly intractable high property crime rates.
Ruiz brings 20 years of municipal government experience to the position. He received an MBA from the University of Colorado in 1988 and attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program in 1999. Ruiz, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, also received a Masters of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in 2000. Most recently, he served as one of two Assistant City Managers in Fresno, California.
Jon appreciates the richness of Eugene’s arts and culture, the natural beauty of its trails and open spaces, the passion and compassion of its residents, and the creativity and dedication of the workers who comprise the City of Eugene organization. In his work and in his personal life, Jon is committed to contributing to an even more vital, livable community.
Meet the Assistant City Manager
Kristie Hammitt was appointed to the role of Assistant City Manager on May 1, 2018, after serving in an interim capacity for the previous seven months. Prior to taking on this new role, Kristie held several positions at the City of Eugene and was most recently the Central Services Director. Kristie's career at the City began in 1985 in the Eugene Police Department's Crime Analysis Unit, and she has since worked in the Finance division and Municipal Court before moving into the Central Services Director position in 2009. Kristie is known for her authentic and inclusive leadership style and is deeply committed to serving the needs of the organization and community.