The Mountain House Community Services District will have a new general manager after the CSD board of directors unanimously approved a contract for Steven J. Pinkerton on Wednesday.

Pinkerton, 59, comes with extensive experience in government administration in California and in San Joaquin County, including time as the top administrator for the cities of Davis and Manteca.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Pinkerton said. “I’ve always been interested in new towns, so this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, to work in a community as it’s growing and be part of that process.”

A native of Columbia, Missouri, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and then gained his master’s degree in urban planning and economics from the University of Southern California.

“The morning after I graduated from high school I started working on the street crew back home in Missouri and have been working in local government ever since,” Pinkerton said after the CSD board approved his contract.

His experience includes 14 years as the city of Stockton’s redevelopment director, three years as Manteca’s city manager and nearly three years as the city manager for Davis. For the past five years, he has been the general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District in Nevada.

“I moved to San Joaquin County 25 years ago and spent 17 years in San Joaquin County, so I look forward to coming back.”

Pinkerton replaces Edwin Pattison, who left in October after four years as general manager. Administrative Services Director Sarah Ragsdale has been the interim general manager since then.

Mountain House CSD interim counsel John Bakker noted that Pinkerton’s contract takes effect July 1 and he will receive an annual salary of $185,000, plus benefits that include retirement and health benefits, a car allowance, and vacation and sick leave.

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