Bob Gorson

City Manager, City of Taft

Taft, United States

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With nearly 40 years of combined experience in the public and private sectors, business development expert Bob Gorson has a talent for leading municipalities out of difficult economic circumstances. Over the course of his career, Bob Gorson has generated tens of millions of dollars in new revenue.

Mr. Gorson began his career in the private sector. First, he served as a Materials and Logistics Manager for General Dynamics Corporation, where he was responsible for overseeing a staff of 175 and for managing a budget of more than $100 million. Another leadership position that Mr. Gorson held in the private sector was that of Production and Inventory Control Director for National Supply Company. In that role, he oversaw all purchasing, warehousing, and production control activities.

In 1992, Mr. Gorson brought his management experience to the public sector as the Business Development Manager for the City of Anaheim, California. Over the next two decades, he managed more than 80 complex public projects. He worked closely with the city’s Planning Commission, Redevelopment and Housing Commission, Mayor, and City Council to develop new revenue streams while implementing a $5 billion urban development project.

From 2006 to 2012, Bob Gorson served as the City Manager for the City of Taft, California. During his tenure with the city, he oversaw a team of more than 117 staffers while generating new revenue streams that are expected to reach $6 million annually within the next few years.

Bob Gorson graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing, and earned an MBA from the University of La Verne. He is a member of the Anaheim Transportation Network, the League of California Cities, and the Urban Land Institute, where he served as a mentor for the organization’s Young Leaders Group.