Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays To All

By: City Manager, Rachelle Rickard

Well, I find that it’s time once again for my monthly newsletter article, and honestly, I just don’t know what more can be said about this past tumultuous year of pandemic and the numerous effects it’s had on our community and residents.

I could remind everyone to follow the State and local safety guidelines, but I know by now that we all are doing everything we must do in order to help keep our friends, family members, loved ones and our entire community safe, so I will only say, please continue to do so.

What is in my heart right now is really very simple.

I wish a very Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas to all. I wish for every resident of our community to stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong, and continue to be kind.

My sincerest wish, most heartfelt hope, earnest dream and deeply held conviction for the 2020 holiday season is that 2021 will truly be a much, much better year for us all.

Please, take good care and have a safe, happy, as wonderful as it can be, COVID-free holiday and New Year!

If you’d like, please feel free to contact me at

City Manager, Rachelle Rickard

Rachelle Rickard is a native of California and a nearly 30 year resident of Atascadero. She graduated with a business degree from California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University in San Luis Obispo. In February 1997, She took a job as the Accountant with the City of Atascadero and was promoted to the position of Director of Administrative Services. At the time of her appointment to the position of Administrative Services Director for the City of Atascadero, she was the youngest person ever appointed to that role; she was also the first female Department Head ever appointed within the City. Rachelle Rickard was appointed to the position of City Manager of the City of Atascadero in June, 2013.