Sims quits city post after five months

Anthony Sims brought energy to the city’s economic development efforts in February, which got officials from the Ceres Chamber of Commerce excited. But after five months on the job, Sims quit and took a job with the town of Turlock as director of economic development and communications officer. This puts the city in search of a new director of economic development.

“It was great working with Mrs. (Renee) Ledbetter and the dedicated Ceres Chamber,” said Sims, a Ceres permanent resident and Ceres High School graduate. “Renee Ledbetter and Brandy Meyer are essential pillars of the Ceres community. The staff and council have all been very supportive to work with, and Mayor Lopez is an inspiring leader for the community. I really enjoyed my stay there.

During the short term with the City of Ceres, Sims was able to meet with 50-60 Ceres companies to provide business resources, including grant information, business consultant referrals, and labor recruitment options. .

“I have also been able to partner with networks and groups such as the Ceres Chamber, SBDC, and Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host impactful events in Ceres such as business resource events, a employment, as well as coordinating a free small business webinar to be co-sponsored by the city. »

Sims was hired to replace Steve Hallam as the city’s director of economic development. Hallam, had been the part-time manager since 2014.

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