City Manager Leadership
Includes links to all Rick Daniels’ websites plus nearly all local news articles listed below…
Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels
Rick Daniels resigned his job as Desert Hot Springs’ city manager in August of 2013 to take the job as city manager in Needles, California.
Let’s start in the beginning…
After working in trash and government business up in Oregon, Richard A Daniels (AKA “Rick”) arrived in the Coachella Valley over a decade ago to put his college geography degree to work.
He knew his maps. He knew government and he knew trash. So Rick Daniels concocted a plan to bring trainloads of trash from Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley, dumping it at Joshua Tree National Park.
After Rick Daniels’ plan got bogged down with environmental problems, and before it was stopped by federal courts, Daniels went to work as head of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, a friendly group of banking, government and media leaders.
Desert Hot Springs Leadership
Having proven his leadership ability by hosting luncheons and dinners, Rick Daniels decided the high life of a rich bureaucrat was for him.
Still feeling that hunger of ambition, after only eight months on that job Rick Daniels quit and advanced to the top job at the Salton Sea Authority… and a pay raise!
A year and a half later and unable to solve the dilemma of the stinky sea Rick Daniels was hired as city manager for the poor town of Desert Hot Springs… with another pay raise!
Personal and Life Experience
Armed with a million dollar contract the new and inexperienced city manager went to work for the city and headed back to college to get his masters degree in public administration. Three years later, with Rick Daniels stuck in rehab for alcoholism, city attorney Ruben Duran negotiated Rick Daniels a three-year contract extension for another million dollars.
City manager Rick Daniels is the winning personality and innovative brains behind every money losing gamble with city money including the infamous Jewish Temple Fiasco, the Music Festival Scandal, trying to worm out of the Karl Baker/Peter Chryss Troubles, slipshod RDA Goofs and much more costing the city millions. That money could have been used and should have been used to improve public safety and quality of life.
This sobering account is the legacy of the city manager and this is what welcomes tourists to the city.
The Jewish Temple – Another “Oopsie” For City Manager 6/26/09
City Manager Cancels Music Festival 9/16/10
City Manager Rick Daniels in Rehab 9/25/10
Laura Green – Paid for No Work 10/28/10
Where’s the Money? “I don’t care,” said City Manager Rick Daniels 12/18/10
City Manager Desert Alchemy 3/9/11
Developer Wessman Gets Downtown Block? 4/6/11
Keeping City Secrets of Music Festival and More 5/22/11
City Manager Spending Secrets 5/23/11
Missing Persons Missed 6/10/11
City Manager Rick Daniels Covers Up $1.4 Million Jewish Temple Mistake 7/27/11
History Repeating Itself With City Manager Rick Daniels 10/15/11
Rick Daniels Music Festival Headache 10/16/11
Seniors Offended at City Manager Stirring It Up 12/8/11
Sex Crime or Extortion? 4/12/12
City Manager Rick Daniels Sends Biz to Son Ben Daniels 12/16/12
Unfinished Developments Despite City Manager’s Promises 12/21/12
City Manager Introduces New City Manager 12/28/12
City Manager Rick Daniels Email Examined 12/15/13
City Manager Rick Daniels Says City is Evil Empire 12/16/13
City Manager Claims Harassment 2/26/13
City Financial Information Hidden 3/11/13
Public Safety Cut 3/14/13
$10 Million Given Away by City Manager 3/18/13
City Manager Launches Third Personal Website 3/23/13
City Seeks New City Manager 7/13/13
Duck Daniels Meets the Press and the People 7/17/13
Lame Duck Waddles Back 7/18/13
Rick Daniels Hired as Needles City Manager 7/31/13
Report: Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels not harassed 8/7/2013
Rick Daniels Confirmed New Needles City Manager 8/13/2013
City Manager’s Campaign Contributions May Have Crossed Ethical Line 8/14/2013
Former City Councilman Hoped to Hide His Weiner Problem Applying for City Manager Job 8/30/2013
Incoming Needles City Manager To Get Salary Double His Predecessor’s 9/1/2013
Few Rally in Support of Rick Daniel’s Needles Job 9/3/2013
California City Manager Endorsed by Convicted Felon 9/5/2013
Rick Daniels Back for More 9/23/2013
City Manager Rick Daniels’ Goodbye Party Crashed 9/29/2013
Complaint and Report Concluding Rick Daniels Did Not Suffer Bullying and Was Not Harassed
Rick Daniels’ City Manager Contract PDF
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Third personal website Rick Daniels Website (now removed)
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Rick Daniels First Twitter Profile
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