Maureen E. Zamarripa, a 30-year veteran of local government service in the region, has announced her retirement as General Manager of the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD), effective April 1.
Zamarripa’s decision to retire came as the CSD completed reconstruction of the historic building in Elk Grove that served as its headquarters before it was gutted by a massive fire four years ago. The front façade of the building on Elk Grove Boulevard was preserved while the remainder was rebuilt with upgrades. Under Zamarripa’s direction, staff has just begun moving back into the building from the temporary quarters it used on East Stockton Boulevard during the complex reconstruction project.
“I have nothing but praise and respect for the hard-working individuals who make up this district and I am happy to welcome them back to their historic home,” Zamarripa said. The CSD is the local agency that provides parks and recreation services in Elk Grove and fire protection and emergency medical services in both Elk Grove and Galt.
“It has been my honor to serve the people of this community, under the direction of the dedicated and visionary members of the Board of Directors. However, with the completion of the Administration Building, it seemed like the perfect time to move on to a new chapter of my life,” Zamarripa said. “My husband, Raul, and I are looking forward to many new adventures in retirement, and the opportunity to spend more time with our grown children, as well as family in Wyoming.”
Zamarripa, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration as well as a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration, began her career in local government with Sacramento County in 1988, handling a number of administrative assignments. In 2006, she was named Chief of Development and Surveyor Services for the county’s Municipal Services Agency, managing a staff of 63 and infrastructure financing programs of $400 million.
In 2007, Zamarripa left the county to accept the position of Deputy General Manager of the Cosumnes CSD. She left that job the following year to become Administrator of the Fair Oaks Recreation and Parks District but returned to the CSD as its Parks and Recreation director in 2017. Later that year, she was elevated to the district’s top staff position, as general manager.
Besides overseeing completion of the CSD’s Administration Building renovation project, Zamarripa can point to numerous significant accomplishments during her tenure.
“I am proud that we were able to welcome three new parks to Elk Grove while I was General Manager, as well as completion of the Betschart Park trail improvement and the Johnson Park Walkway projects,” she said. Zamarripa also oversaw the installation of solar technology in several District facilities and parks.
During her time as general manager, the Cosumnes Fire Department continued to expand in both size and sophistication to meet the challenges of the growing community. The Department graduated a 19-member Fire Academy last year and initiated the design of a new fire station.
At an upcoming meeting, the Board will discuss plans for conducting a search process for CSD’s next General Manager.