Gustine native heads home, starts work as city manager

GUSTINE -- The former housing and economic development director in Riverbank started a new role this week as Gustine's city manager.

Margaret Silveira was hired to serve in the city's top nonelected position. The city has seen a rotating cast of interim managers since Roger Wong resigned in July for a job in Monterey County.

Silveira, 50, is a native of Gustine who graduated from Gustine High School in 1975. She worked in various industries before attending Chapman University to receive a bachelor's degree in organizational management.

Initially hired by Riverbank as a planning intern, she worked her way up the ranks until she became housing and economic development director six years ago.

One of her primary accomplishments in Riverbank was orchestrating the city's adoption of a redevelopment agency, which recently broke ground on a streetscape beautification project.

Silveira said she hopes to bring those skills to Gustine, which is in the process of adopting a redevelopment area. The city is looking at plans to revitalize its downtown core.

"It is really very exciting getting reacquainted with the community," Sil- veira said.

Bee staff writer Christina Salerno can be reached at csalerno@modbee.com or 238-4574.