Tim Kerr, who has served as city manager in Turlock, Ceres and Livingston, has a new job in Stockton.
The Downtown Stockton Alliance announced Friday that Kerr has been appointed executive director of that organization.
He will begin work Monday.
Kerr, who lives in Modesto, spent eight years as Livingston's city manager, followed by seven years in Ceres and three years in Turlock.
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He was fired last year and is suing the city for money he says is owed him.
The Downtown Stockton Alliance is a nonprofit group that works "to develop, promote and maintain historic Downtown Stockton as a regional business, cultural, and entertainment destination," according to a news release.
"His experience in economic development will be particularly beneficial during these challenging economic times and help position us to take advantage of opportunities as the economy improves," said board Chairman Steve Stevenson.