Mary Rose Rutikanga

Mary Rose Rutikanga was hired to become the city administrator for Sonora in January 2020.

Sonora City Administrator Mary Rose Rutikanga will be leaving her current position for a new role overseeing United States Peace Corps operations in Africa, she announced following a closed session with the city council at a public meeting Monday night.

Mayor Pro-tem Mark Plummer announced after the closed session that the City Council gave direction to staff with regard to the position of city administrator before revealing that Rutikanga would be leaving for another opportunity.

Rutikanga said she has accepted an offer from the Peace Corps to be the agency’s director of management and operations for the Africa region and will be stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon, Africa.

“Well, wow, it’s hard to compete with that,” Plummer said. “Thank you for the time that you’ve given us here at the city, and we still have two more months to work with you.”

The Union Democrat has reached out to Rutikanga for comment.

Rutikanga was hired in January 2020 after a lengthy search that began when the previous city administrator, Tim Miller, retired in September 2019 after 10 years in the role. She previously served as a deputy executive officer for Merced County and an administrative analyst for Calaveras County.

Prior to moving to Sonora in 2011, Rutikanga served with the Peace Corps for two years while in college.

This is a developing story. See Wednesday’s Union Democrat for more details on Rutikanga’s impending departure, what that will mean for the city moving forward, and additional coverage about what the council did at the meeting.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4541.

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