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Former Roseville city manager back as a Planning Commissioner

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The former longtime Roseville City Manager Rob Jensen was thrust back into public office on Aug. 1 when Roseville City Council voted 4-1 to appoint Rob Jensen to the Roseville Planning Commission.

Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan praised the appointment.

“Rob Jensen has all the qualities I look for in a Planning Commissioner. He has solid technical skills, an understanding of and passion for the community, and he’s a good listener,” Rohan said. “Both neighbors and applicants deserve to know they’ve been heard and that they will be treated fairly.”  

Vice-mayor Bonnie Gore shared the same sentiment.

“Rob has put the city’s interests first for the past 27 years,” Gore said. “He wanted to continue to serve our community as a resident. His knowledge of the planning process is a perfect fit for the Planning Commission. He will provide valuable insight and feedback on future projects.”

Councilman Scott Alvord also spoke in support of Jensen.

“It's a wonderfully rare opportunity to have a person with decades of in-depth Roseville planning experience to step up for a volunteer position,” Alvord said. “I feel comfortable that his ethics and purpose will ensure excellent decisions are made on behalf of our residents."

City Manager Dominick Casey, Jensen's successor, supports the move.

“I believe both Kristine (Dohner) and Rob will make an excellent Planning Commissioner,” Casey said.

Jensen is “beyond grateful.”

“It’s certainly an honor to be appointed to the Planning Commission and I am very thankful to our City Council,” Jensen said. “This opportunity to continue serving our community is exciting and I am looking forward to working with all of my fellow commission members.”  

Councilman John Allard cast the dissenting vote, saying that a short retirement from city manager might raise more questions than answers.

“I voted against Rob Jensen’s appointment to the Planning Commission, due to the fact that just days before his application, he had retired as Roseville’s city manager,” Allard said. “In my opinion, there needs to be a reasonable ‘cooling off’ period between when city employees retire and when they apply for appointment to city commissions.”