Frank Pietro: Atwater's savior decides to retire
August 18, 2016
one can say that Frank Pietro, Atwater’s City Manager
and former Police Chief, hasn’t served his time well.
If anyone deserves to retire it is Frank.
Atwater’s Police Chief he already had a full-time
job, but when the city was short of funds and needed a City
Manager, he took on both jobs and did it for one salary.
city was in worse financial shape than anyone expected.
Not only could it not afford to pay another person to be
city manager, but it could not even afford to pay the staff
it presently had.
had to be the bad guy.
Pietro took on the job of laying off nine city workers.
you have never been in a management position, you don't
know how difficult it is to say to a person who has done
nothing wrong, “I’m sorry we have to lay you
person all too likely had a spouse and family depending
on that same paycheck.
not only laid the employees off, but did it in such a way
that they understood he had no alternative.
City of Atwater was broke.
also went to the union and showed it that Atwater could
not afford to pay its members at the rate they had been
paid. He asked for, and got a 22 percent salary reduction,
something unheard of in these days.
bringing in the right financial advisers to correct the
problem was the next job, and finally telling the residents
of Atwater that not enough was being charged to cover the
city’s utility expenses. Frank took on each job as
a challenge, and did not stop until the job was done.
of last report, the City of Atwater is balancing its utility
costs with the expenses, and there is a little left over
were asked to help pay for more police and fire protection
and the city residents responded by passing Measure H, largely
because Frank Pietro said it was important.
efforts have been praised by many:
Mayor Jim Price said he found Pietro to be very professional
when it came to fixing Atwater's financial dilemma, however,
it was on a personal level that he and Pietro had the best
am proud to call him my friend," Mayor Price said.
Larry Bergman called Pietro, “truly one of a kind.”
Bergman said Pietro brought Atwater through one of the roughest
economic times it has ever encountered. In 2012 Atwater
was $7.5 million debt, and that has been cut to a $2 million
Brian Raymond said Pietro has “given his life to Atwater
... He truly cares for Atwater and its residents. ... He
has been dedicated to making Atwater a safe place to live
... Bringing more cops onto Atwater’s streets is a
big part of that job.”
Vining, a City Councilman who actually got to know Pietro
as a volunteer of the Atwater Police Department, said of
Pietro that his “heart was fully vested in the community."
added, “Pietro is a pillar of the community and has
always been about making the city of Atwater great.”
is sorry to hear of your retirement Frank, but if anyone
deserves it, you do!