City Manager's Office


Managing the services of a city the size of Modesto takes a strong and capable team. As City Manager, Joe Lopez is responsible for all operations of city government, and making recommendations to the City Council on a variety of issues as well as carrying out the decisions of the Council.

The City of Modesto is changing. We are building better neighborhoods, engaging partners strategically and aligning our priorities to address our strategic commitments; Great, Safe Neighborhoods, Effective, Responsive & Transparent Government, Vibrant Infrastructure & Sustainable Environment and a Healthy Economy & Great Quality of Life. We face challenges but we are a dedicated team and remain confident in the future.

Interim Deputy City Manager, Rick Armendariz is responsible for overseeing our strategic commitment to Great Safe Neighborhoods.

Developing Community 

City staff assisting community members with planting treeModesto is an amazing community that has something to offer everyone: a vibrant downtown bursting with great restaurants, movies, shows and festivals, unique neighborhoods, wonderful family-friendly parks and beautiful trees. We are a city of Great Neighbors, who care about this community.

We are proud to serve the citizens of Modesto along with over 1,000 other men and women in this organization.

We are committed to being champions of change, working toward a future that embraces community, businesses, partnerships and igniting a passion for service, innovation and accountability. We encourage you to let us know how we’re doing as you experience City services - your input is important to me and helps us provide exceptional service.

City Manager's Blog

  1. Pursuing A New Perspective on Downtown

    I am very pleased to announce a new initiative aimed at refreshing the city's perspective on what our downtown could and should look like.  A few months ago, my team set out to re-imagine and re-design one of our key downtown streets, and in the...

    November 9