Arnold Dowdy, former Grover Beach city manager, dies at 70

jlavelle@thetribunenews.comOctober 17, 2013 

Arnold Dowdy

Flags at Grover Beach city facilities have been lowered to half staff in memory of former City Manager Arnold Dowdy, who died Tuesday at his home.

Dowdy, 70, served as city manager from 1974 until 1991, when he left to serve as city manager in Santa Paula. He returned to Grover Beach and served as interim city manager in 2001. During his retirement, Dowdy lived in Grover Beach and served a term on the city Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission and was a committee member in support of the charter city ballot measure last fall, according to a city news release.

As city manager, Dowdy was instrumental in moving the city forward in its early years, including working with former City Attorney Clifford Clark in the city’s acquisition of property for Ramona Garden Park and the Ramona Garden Center, the release noted. In recent years, he was active in Rotary International and its polio eradication efforts.

“Arnie was a great contributor to the community, and his personal strength will be missed by all of us,” Mayor Debbie Peterson said.

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