Mike Oliver

Managing Consultant, Organizational Intervention, Realignment & Development

Mike Oliver leads Municipal Resource Group’s Organizational Intervention, Realignment and Development practice area and serves as President emeritus.

Mike’s MRG services to public sector clients include:

  • fiscal and operational analysis;
  • service realignment and enhancement;
  • law enforcement services studies for cities and counties;
  • preparation of grand jury investigation responses; and
  • alternative service delivery options for local governments.

Mike often serves clients by leading specialist teams in financial interventions, forensic accounting and budget analysis projects. He has assisted a number of cities in restoring their fiscal integrity and addressing the financial challenges facing California’s local governments. His consulting activities include developing long-term development strategies for specialty public agencies including county fairs and transportation agencies. Mike often conducts public input and visioning processes and presents findings to elected officials and employees. With over 17 years of consulting experience, Mike has a recognized track record of assisting clients in addressing complex issues.

Mike has served as the City Manager of the Cities of Oakley, Citrus Heights and San Leandro. When Mike was the City Manager of San Leandro, the City created the first joint city-county redevelopment area in the state, induced over 500,000 square feet of commercial development and consolidated the City’s Fire Operation with the Alameda County Fire Department. During his tenure as the first City Manager of Citrus Heights the City hired staff, negotiated a police services agreement, established the City’s fiscal and expenditure management policies and practices, created the first redevelopment agency and negotiated settlement of the County’s $147 million lawsuit against the City. Today, Citrus Heights has over $35 million in unencumbered reserves. During his tenure as the first City Manager of the City of Oakley, the City hired staff, built its City Hall, approved the general plan, approved 6,000 residential units and annexed over 2,500 acres of adjacent land.

Mike has presented at League of California Cities, Cal-LAFCO, California Special District and Bond Buyers conferences and professional organizations on a wide variety of subjects. His most recent presentations focus on the options for alternative service delivery and the fiscal issues faced by local government. Mike has his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Hayward. He has also attended the Senior Government Officials course at the Kennedy School, Harvard College and has participated in training courses at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.