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Biography of Robert (Bob) Bell
City Manager of Redwood City

Bob Bell has over 20 years of management and human resources experience in both the private and public sectors. Before being appointed as Redwood City’s City Manager, he served as Assistant City Manager from 2005 through 2007, and then Interim City Manager from November, 2010, until his appointment in April, 2011.

During his career, he has held a variety of Human Resources leadership roles, specializing in the areas of recruitment, benefits and workers’ compensation, classification and compensation, and employee relations. Bob took over management the Human Resources Department in Redwood City in 2005 where he and his staff began expanding the City’s efforts in workforce planning, succession planning, and development initiatives.

Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. He holds a Master Certification in Labor Relations from the California Public Employee Relations Association, was honored as the top municipal Human Resources Director in California when he was awarded the 2004 Career Leadership Award by the League of California Cities, and has been designated a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.


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