City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is the chief administrative officer of the City of Auburn. The City Manager oversees operations and services and enforces the laws and policies as adopted by the City Council.

About Sean

Sean Rabé was appointed as Auburn’s City Manager by the City Council in June 2023. As City Manager, he provides the City Council with policy recommendation, implements Council direction and oversees the day-to-day operations of the City. His experience with economic development and building relationships both internally and externally will serve him well in Auburn.

Prior to his appointment as City Manager of Auburn, Sean served as the Town Manager of Loomis for about six years. He facilitated several key projects in the downtown area that will bring approximately $6 million in private investment downtown, and was successful in bringing Costco to Loomis. His innovative perspective and can-do attitude served the Town very well during his tenure.  

Prior to Loomis, Sean served as the City Manager of the Town of Colma, in San Mateo County, for about three-and-a-half years. In Colma he oversaw an annual budget of $30 million and a staff of 45. He also served as the Chairman of the San Mateo County City Managers Association. 

Sean also served as the City Manager of Sutter Creek for three years. He also served as Sutter Creek’s Community Development Director, Public Works Director, HR Director and ran a multi-jurisdictional wastewater disposal system – all at the same time. He has also served as a Transportation Planner for the Amador County Transportation Commission. 

Prior to his career as a public servant he served as the Editor and General Manager of the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper, where he received multiple awards for reporting and writing. He also met his wife, Mayra there. 

Sean holds a Master’s Degree (with honors) in Public Policy from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.