After 29 years, Fairfield City Manager Sean Quinn has announced that he will retire this spring. Quinn, a recipient of the City Manager of the Year as well as Public Official of the Year awards, has seen the City through one of the worst recessions in history, which brought about the loss of redevelopment, a fiscal deficit, and a reduction of workforce. With his leadership, Quinn is leaving the City in excellent shape with a fiscally sound budget.
Quinn is a trailblazer for economic development not only in Fairfield but also for the state. He led the City’s Economic Development Department prior to becoming City Manager and has been the biggest champion of businesses. A California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Golden Bear Award winner for outstanding leadership in economic development for the state, Quinn negotiated deals that brought in Costco, the Green Valley Shopping Center retail development, the Auto Mall, and Gateway Shopping Center into existence. Quinn also took a leadership role in getting companies like Meyer Cookware, ST Johnson, and Mercedes Benz to Fairfield. Under his guidance, the City sold a 43-acre, City-owned site to Buzz Oates Development, which is now the site of two new buildings totaling 800k square feet of new industrial development.
Sean’s leadership, experience, and economic development creativity will truly be missed. We wish you all the best Sean!