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Stephanie Dietz

Executive Recruiter

Stephanie Dietz brings over 20 years of municipal and public agency experience to Bob Murray and Associates. Stephanie retired as the City Manager for the City of Merced, a City with a population of nearly 100,000 and the newest University of California campus. She served as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing more than 500 employees who provided services within the areas of Police, Fire, Development and Inspection Services, Engineering, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Arts & Culture, Housing, and the Office of Neighborhood Safety.

For 20 years, Stephanie garnered experience across city and county governments, along with the University of California, specializing in public finance and budgeting, human resources, labor relations, strategic planning, public safety, water management, redistricting, and leading city-initiated sales tax and charter ballot initiatives. Her professional career saw great success, with projects that included the construction of a new municipal airport terminal, the award of several state and federal grants to construct 850 affordable housing units, and the annexation of UC Merced. Throughout her professional career, she has been responsible for recruiting and retaining executive-level leaders who reflect the culture of their communities while fostering a spirit of innovation.

Stephanie serves on the Merced Irrigation District Board, on the Merced College Foundation Board, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Central California Small Business Development Center. In 2023, Stephanie was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her innovative solutions in affordable housing and transportation and her pioneering spirit as the first female City Manager for the City of Merced. Stephanie also volunteers on the boards of several local non-profits that support youth sports and local FFA chapters, ensuring students have the community support needed to be successful.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a Minor in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Arts in English from National University.

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