Mr. Lindsay has 35 years of local government experience through his service in four San Francisco Bay area cities. He most recently served as the City Manager of Richmond for thirteen years beginning in February 2005. During Mr. Lindsay’s tenure in Richmond, the community experienced what was touted as a “renaissance,” establishing strong financial underpinnings, and emphasizing a broad mission of community health equity.
Prior to joining the City of Richmond, Mr. Lindsay served for nearly ten years as the City Manager of Orinda, eight years as the Administrative Services Director for the City of San Ramon, and four years as the Finance Director/Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Hercules. He began his professional career as a management consultant working primarily with local government and public transit clients.
Some of Mr. Lindsay’s specific accomplishments in the City of Richmond include:
- Restoration of city credit rating that was suspended in 2004 to “A” in 2007
- Restoration of city services that were decimated in 2004, including reopening closed fire stations, community centers, and branch libraries
- Completion of $100 million civic center renovation that achieved LEED gold construction standard
- Initiation of a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan, which included a unique Community Health and Climate Change elements
- Development of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in the City Manager’s office, implementing successful strategies to reduce violent crime
- Restoration of automatic aid agreements for fire service with neighboring jurisdictions
- Selection by The California Endowment for their investment in Healthy Communities program
In 2018, Bill was honored as Partner of the Year by the West Contra Costa Unified School District in recognition of his contributions to the District.
While serving as city manager in Orinda, Mr. Lindsay:
- Successfully completed private fund raising for, and construction of, a new City library, which received the Contra Costa County Supervisors Chair of the Board Award in recognition of the most significant County project or program in the County during that year
- Secured a competitive grant under the federal Transportation for Livable Communities Program for a new downtown streetscape, and overseeing completion of its construction
- Developed a service plan for the successful formation process and tax election related to a new independent fire district
- Developed a service plan leading to a successful tax election related to library services
- Worked closely with the water district to develop an engineering approach and funding plan to improve the water distribution system for enhanced fire flow
In addition to his financial management responsibilities as Administrative Services Director in San Ramon, Mr. Lindsay took on such diverse assignments as negotiating labor agreements; developing and implementing pay-for-performance compensation systems; developing and implementing a performance-based operating budget; working with a citizens committee on community sensitive redevelopment projects, resulting in statewide award from the Community Redevelopment Association; and providing lead staff support for public safety committee to analyze the effectiveness of police services.
While serving as Finance Director/Assistant to the City Manager in Hercules, the City three times received the statewide award for Excellence in Operational Budgeting given annually to a single City under 25,000 by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.
Mr. Lindsay has been a frequent speaker at various organizations, including the League of California Cities (Annual Conference, City Managers Department, and Financial Management Conference), California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), The Trust for Public Land, SPUR, and Advocates for Health in Action in Wake County, North Carolina. Speaking topics have included financial forecasting, strategies for “green economic development,” climate smart cities, promoting “health in all policies,” city/school partnerships, and resource sharing for small cities.
- University of California, Berkeley, MBA (General Management)
- Yale University, BA (Economics)