Roger Kemp
Retired Municipal CEO - 2019 Honoree

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Roger has been a City Manager for the cities of Seaside, CA; Placentia, CA; Clifton, NJ; and Meriden, CT. While working full-time in the Office of the City Manager for the City of Oakland, CA he attended school in the evening to earn his Ph.D. He taught graduate seminars at leading universities including the University of California, California State University, Golden Gate University, Rutgers University, Farleigh Dickinson University, University of Connecticut, and the University of New Haven. He wrote, edited, and was a contributing author to nearly 50 books dealing with cities. Many of his books focus on various aspects of cities and highlight national best practices being used to improve the quality of their services as well as their livability. Roger was recognized by the California Legislature Assembly on November 29, 2018, and was recognized as one of 50 distinguished alumni of San Diego State University’s School of Public Affairs at their 50th-anniversary celebration in fall 2018.