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 The current City Manager in Taft, California, prepared for his career with undergraduate study at Texas Wesleyan College, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. Bob Gorson received his MBA in Management and Marketing from the University of La Verne, in Southern California, in 1988.When he finished his undergraduate study, Mr. Gorson stayed in the Fort Worth area as Materials and Logistics Manager with General Dynamics. In this role, Mr. Gorson was responsible for managing a staff of 175 and an operating budget of over $100 million in inventory, production control, logistics, purchasing, and warehouse functions. Serving in this capacity until 1981, Bob Gorson moved to Houston to work for the National Supply Company as Production and Inventory Control Director for the mechanical and electrical production warehouse. Between 1984 and 1992, Bob Gorson worked in California as Operations Director and Business Development Consultant for General Dynamics, in Pomona; and the Southern California Edison Company, in Westminster, respectively. With General Dynamics, he directed several operations including multiple programs with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. At Southern California Edison, still fresh from graduate school, Mr. Gorson developed and implemented a five-year strategic plan for a subsidiary startup, where he achieved fifth-year results in his third year with the company.These efforts led Mr. Gorson to his next position as Anaheim’s Business Development Manager. During his 14 years with the Southern California city, Mr. Gorson managed over 80 large and complex economic development and redevelopment projects, facilitating public-private partnerships that generated revenue streams exceeding $35 million and that created over 37,000 new jobs.Since 2006, Bob Gorson has been City Manager of Taft, near Bakersfield. With a mission to develop the city as a model for sustainable development, he has been integral to creating Taft’s “Vision of the Future,” which includes an array of renewable energy and community-oriented development.

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Nov 2006Mar 2012

City Manager

City of Taft
Feb 1992Nov 2006

Business Development Manager

City of Anaheim




University of La Verne