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SLOCOG Executive Director Ron De Carli to retire after 38 years 

–At the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) board meeting on Wednesday, SLOCOG Executive Director Ron De Carli announced he will be retiring this September after serving 38 years with the regional transportation planning agency, the past 28 as Executive Director. His leadership has been instrumental in ensuring a nationally recognized, high quality of life in the San Luis Obispo region, supported by investments in regional and local transportation systems, region-wide mobility improvements and a long list of community enhancement projects, planned and implemented during his tenure.

De Carli was appointed Executive Director of SLOCOG in 1990, after previously serving as Program Manager for ten years. He oversees the agency’s strategic planning and programming decisions, facilitates intergovernmental and inter-regional coordination, and manages implementation of SLOCOG’s overall work program. His efforts, working with SLOCOG staff and member agencies that include all seven cities and the county, have laid blueprints for the future by implementing comprehensive highway and regional system improvements, creating a countywide public transit system, assisting economic development, funding complete streets projects and furthering more walkable communities, among others.

“Ron’s greatest strength has always been getting local agencies to work together to plan, prioritize, fund and construct transportation improvements that benefit the region,” said SLOCOG Board President and Mayor of Atascadero Tom O’Malley. “From public transit and new highway interchanges, to bike lanes, park-and-ride lots and downtown enhancements, he’s worked hard over the years to address the needs of every jurisdiction. He is well respected countywide and among his peers, state agency staff, and state and federal legislators.”

SLOCOG will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year as it makes the transition to new leadership.

In a letter to SLOCOG board members announcing his plan to retire, De Carli expressed his pride in the rich history and accomplishments of the agency:

“It has been one of the privileges of my life to work with you and our dedicated staff, member agencies and stakeholders,” he said. “I feel comfortable that I am leaving SLOCOG in good hands and in great shape.”

SLOCOG expects to make an announcement regarding new leadership this summer.

About the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County Region. Its members include all 7 cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and other alternative methods of transportation. To learn more about SLOCOG, visit



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