Twentynine Palms, Ca (Press Release)— The City of Twentynine Palms has announced the resignation of City Manager Michael Tree, who will be leaving his post on November 12th to begin serving as the General Manager of the Missoula Urban Transportation District in Missoula Montana.
Mr. Tree began working for the City of Twentynine Palms in June of 2006. Prior to his start date, he worked as General Manager for the Morongo Basin Transit Authority.
Under Mr. Tree’s direction and leadership the City has grown fiscally stronger by increasing it’s reserves from $4.8 million to $9.8 million for the fiscal challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Additionally, during Mr. Tree’s tenure as City Manager the City has increased law enforcement within the community, purchased property for a future park in the Indian Cove Area, and participated in extensive planning activities, including the Downtown Specific Plan, the Comprehensive General Plan Update that is currently ongoing, and joint planning with the Twentynine Palms Marine Base on wastewater.
Some of the businesses that have established in the City during Mr. Tree’s time include Rite Aid, Bistro 29 Restaurant, Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, the new Holiday Inn Express, and the planned Hampton Inn & Suites. Significant economic and redevelopment projects include the conceptual planning for significant improvements in the Downtown Area, reconstruction of the Historic Plaza, construction of the City’s Visitor Center, and remodeling of the professional building owned by Jerry Mattos.
Other accomplishments include the reconstruction of Adobe Road with curb, gutter, sidewalk and bike path, the reconstruction of Mesquite Springs Road, and various neighborhood street improvements and safety projects throughout the community.
“Our family has enjoyed living in Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Basin for the past decade,” Tree said. “The desert is strikingly beautiful and the City of Twentynine Palms is truly a worldwide destination, being the headquarters for Joshua Tree National Park and the home of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. I could not have asked for a better all-around staff and owe them and the City Council my gratitude.”
Regarding Tree, Mayor Steve Flock said, “Michael Tree is one of the most talented and hard working individuals I have known. While it is sad to see such a positive influence on our city leave, I am grateful for the many fine examples of his dedicated service that remain a part of our community. We wish Michael the best in his future endeavors.