Chris Boyd Honored for Twenty Years of Service

Citrus Heights, CA  |  By Elise Spleiss
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After receiving the recognition award (from left to right); Mark Pickens, Art Van Loon, Kermit Schayltz, Christopher Boyd, Marci Boyd. Photo courtesy City of Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG – “All my favorite people (here) in the room at one time!” Those were the words of Citrus Height’s City Manager Chris Boyd following his being presented with Stones Gambling Hall’s second annual ‘21’ Award on November 16.

Stones ‘21’ Award is given to a member of the community who has made an outstanding long-term contribution to the City of Citrus Heights.  Then Citrus Heights city councilmember and former mayor Mel Turner was honored with the first ‘21’ award in 2016. Turner died while still in office in April of 2017. 

Before a room full of family, City employees. and members of the community, Boyd was presented with a resolution read by Kermit Schayltz, listing in detail his myriad of accomplishments throughout his career in Citrus Heights during the last 20 years.It closed with his receiving the award “as he has demonstrated exemplary commitment and dedication to the advancement of the City of Citrus Heights, a history of strong, effective leadership, and a passion for making a difference.”

Boyd responded saying he is “thrilled to a part of this community”, a “dream come true” for him. Tearing up for a moment, he spoke of his family who had always supported him, and his team at the City who makes what he does possible. He added that it is the vision of the city council and its work towards excellence that drives him.

Boyd (50) hit the ground running as he began his job as city manager last year, after serving as Citrus Height’s first police chief for 10 years. He was appointed police chief in 2006 by then city manager Henry Tingle. Tingle retired after 17 years in 2016.  City council unanimously appointed Boyd as city manager on July 14, 2016.  Those 10 years as police chief gave Boyd invaluable knowledge and experience in all areas of the city to assist him in his new job.  Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence followed as the city’s new police chief on October 31, 2016.

In a news release at the time of his appointment to city manager in 2016, then mayor, Jeannie Bruins commented that Citrus Heights “really couldn’t ask for a more ideal candidate”, he is “well versed on issues facing the city” and understands the community and local challenges”.  Boyd holds a degree in Master of Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame.

In his talk, Boyd commented, “We knew we had a winner here from the beginning”, referring to the ongoing partnership between Stones and the City since Stones opening in 2014.  Helping make Citrus Heights a better place to live, their sponsorships include the CH Police Heights Police Activities League (PAL) which works with youth, and the CH Chamber Leadership Academy. They also hold an annual ‘Chip in For Charities’ poker tournament to raise funds for Lilliput Families, a private adoption agency in citrus Heights.

In an email, Boyd said of the award, “I’m honored to receive this award. This is especially meaningful to me as Councilmember Mel Turner was the first recipient. He was a great Councilmember and friend, and I hope to carry on his legacy. While I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do in this city, I didn’t do it alone. Anything I’ve accomplished is because of the hard work and dedication of city and police department employees. We have a great team here and we work hard for residents every day. My team and I also appreciate we work in such a supportive and collaborative community, and we don’t take this for granted. It’s because of strong partnerships we are able to build successful programs and services.”

Boyd’s executive assistant Melanie Randel said of her boss, who she also served under in the same capacity at the police department, “It has been an honor working alongside Chris these last nine years. He is a gifted mentor and truly cares about the people he serves. His leadership style inspires, encourages, and emboldens; his commitment to excellence contagious. I am incredibly grateful for the many opportunities our partnership has afforded me.