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ITS OFFICIAL: Michael Tree Resigns

By   /   September 23, 2010  /   12 Comments

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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.

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12 Comments

  1. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Best wishes to Michael Tree and his family. He’s gonna love Missoula, Montana and its people.

    • Jim Harris Jim Harris says:

      IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH MICHAEL TREE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. MICHAEL BROUGHT PROFESSIONALISM, INTEGRITY AND A COMMITMENT TO
      EXCELLENCE IN HIS JOB. AS ONE OF THE LOWEST PAID CITY MANAGERS IN SAN
      BERNARDINO COUNTY, MICHAEL REFUSED A PAY INCREASE THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY.

      THOSE OF YOU THAT SIT BACK AND CRITICIZE THIS MAN NEED TO PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. THIS CITY HAS NOT HAD A MORE DEDICATED CITY MANAGER THAN MICHAEL TREE. FINDING A REPLACEMENT OF HIS CALIBER WILL BE DIFFICULT AT BEST.

      MICHAEL, MY PERSONAL BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS GO WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO YOUR NEW HOME AND POSITION IN MONTANA. I KNOW YOUR COMMITMENT TO FAMILY IS PARAMOUNT IN YOUR LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU AND, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE DURING YOUR TENURE AS OUR CITY MANAGER.

      CONGRATULATIONS TO MISSOULA, MONTANA, AS OUR LOSS IS YOUR GAIN!

      JIM HARRIS
      MAYOR PRO TEM
      TWENTYNINE PALMS

      • Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

        Mr. Harris,
        Is your email broken at the city hall? I wrote all of you on the city council and didn’t get one reply. At the very least, I expected a reply from one of you guys. Just one more reason, I say you need to pull your head out of the sand. It’s nice that you stand by your man, but it doesn’t pull any weight with me. I went to Mr. Tree believing that he would be there to help, but no he wasn’t, I guess he was too busy looking for another job. He saw the writing on the wall, do you?

        • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

          Hi Cora,

          Please ask Dan for my personal email address and I will try to answer whatever question/s you may have.

          The city email sysytem is not working very well – at least for me. I spent an hour with the webmaster last month trying to get into my email box and I still can not get access to it.

          The system has recently been changed and perhaps the other council members are also having the same problem that I have.

          If you can’t get the email address from Dan then perhaps you could leave you question here on the blog. If it is personal in nature please call city hall and ask the clerk to contact me with your telephone number and I will call you.

          Steve

          • Cora Heiser cora heiser says:

            Mr. Spear,
            Thank you for your reply. I really hope things, like your email, at city hall get fixed, it is the only way I knew to get in touch with a city council members. I appreciate knowing that it may not be working. I will ask Dan for yours.
            So on the emailstatement I owe Mr. Harris an apology.

          • Mark Clemons says:

            Steve are you saying the council has not been receiving their emails for over a month? If that is so was the public informed of this? Makes me wonder if staff delivered the letter I wrote to all council members as well as Mr. Tree concerning the parking at Smith’s Ranch. I never receive a reply from your staff or any council members for that matter. I hand delivered the letters to city hall addressed to each of you, please let me know if you received it.

            • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

              Hi Mark,

              All I can say is that I still can’t get into my email account and I see that Jim has had a problem too.

              As for a letter can you be more specific as to the time frame? I recall something about Smith’s Ranch and a Base organization using an area near or at the ranch as a parking lot. Was that it?

              Steve

        • Jim Harris Jim Harris says:

          Yes my e-mail at City Hall was BROKEN. Our provider came in to City Hall and fixed it on Wednesday. What was the problem you could not get resolved with the City Manager?
          You are always welcome to call and leave a message for any one of the Councilmembers and you will find that i do return your calls.

          • Cora Heiser cora Heiser says:

            Mr. Harris,
            I do apologize for my remarks to you. It would be nice when emails are not working that it be published on the website, that the city hall is experiencing difficulties and offer a different way to get in touch. So I, again, offer my apologies to you. Well, I guess my problem has been resolved by his resignation. I will speak with you, by calling city hall on Monday and leaving my number. If you email is fixed in the meantime, then you will have the entire story.

  2. Mark Clemons says:

    It is my perception that most on this blog are of the more MATURE generations such as mine. You are the ones who regularly vote, pay attention and who the elected ones pay attention to, that is a heavy burden, this makes you and I responsible for the state of our city, county, state and federal government.
    When we were young the norm was every generation had it better than the previous generation. Now it is time for us to look ourselves in the mirror and ask how in the hell did we blow it. How could we let 234 years of progress turn to regress?

    If you thought I was going to tell you pretty things you wanted to here, that’s not who I am. I am going to tell you the ugly, I am going to ask you what you don’t want to be asked, I am going to do this for my kids and grandkids, folks we have taken more than our share,
    How can we balance out thirty years of self interest, of take what we didn’t make and leave the burden for future generations? Think about it we look and talk at them with distain their weird dress, music and such, is this how we justify our greed our robbing their wealth and their future.

    Recently a 1.4 million dollar process of giving our kids a new general plan to live and work by was funded by the setting council. Are they that arrogant to think they should play king, these guy spent $1.4 million to tell the future generations this is how you are to live to work to commute to shop it goes on and on. I ask you; no I tell you we need to grow up no we need to grow down. We know right from wrong, we know we are not doing this for them; we are doing this for the self serving wealth seekers.

    When government and business marry that is when you have to ask whose property or pocket book is going to benefit from this updated plan, who gets the improved roads, favorable zoning, a new pipe line to their property or other infrastructure. Let the next generation make these decisions they are the ones that will be paying for our dismal performance as custodians of this potentially great city.
    How much has been wasted following the lead of other cities? It is time to change it is time to make 29 a leader in municipal governance

    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      Candidate for 29 City Council Mark Clemons, I enjoy reading your comments. You made a resounding note when you wrote, “Think about it we look and talk at [young people] with disdain their weird dress, music and such, is this how we justify our greed our robbing their wealth and their future.”

      These young folks are facing a world we all never imagined. We leave them with many problems and an uncertain future.

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