The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) is dedicating its efforts to celebrating city managers across the state with its article series, “Profiles in Management.” The series aims to highlight the diverse faces, stories, and valuable lessons learned by city managers, giving them the recognition they truly deserve.

In a profession that often operates behind the scenes, city managers play a crucial role in the effective governance and development of their respective cities. CCMF recognizes their contributions and believes in sharing their experiences to inspire and educate others in the field. By visiting the CCMF website, readers can delve into the personal and professional journeys of city managers and gain insights from fellow city leaders.

“Profiles in Management” features in-depth interviews with one city manager at a time, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of their motivations, experiences and accomplishments. The candid responses to a series of interview questions shed light on various aspects of their role and offer valuable lessons for aspiring and current city managers alike.

The interviews explore a range of topics, including the inspiration behind their decision to pursue a career in city management, the most enjoyable aspects of their roles and what a typical day looks like for them. These personal anecdotes provide a unique glimpse into the lives of city managers and the challenges they face in their day-to-day work.

The city managers also share their proudest city projects, highlighting the transformative initiatives they have led within their communities. These success stories serve as a testament to the dedication and innovation exhibited by city managers across California.

Additionally, the interviews touch upon the current challenges faced by city managers and their cities, addressing issues such as infrastructure, public safety and community development. By discussing potential solutions and strategies, the “Profiles in Management” series becomes a valuable resource for city managers seeking insights into problem-solving and fostering positive change.

CCMF encourages readers to explore the series and discover city managers whose stories resonate with their own experiences or challenges. Whether it is finding inspiration from similar upbringings or identifying with shared obstacles, these interviews offer a chance for city managers to learn from one another and build a network of support and collaboration.

For those wishing to nominate a specific city manager for consideration in the “Profiles in Management” series, CCMF invites them to reach out through the contact form on our website. By spotlighting outstanding city managers, CCMF aims to continue promoting excellence in city management and celebrating the impactful work done by these dedicated professionals.

As the “Profiles in Management” series grows, it promises to be an invaluable resource for city managers across California, providing a platform to share experiences, exchange ideas, and collectively enhance the quality of governance and community development in the state.

Check out CCMF’s 2024 features below:

Rene Eyerly, Assistant City Manager of Santa Barbara 

Andrew Keys, Interim City Manager of Lodi

George Gabriel, Assistant City Manager of Manhattan Beach

Patrick Martinez, City Manager of Needles

Jorge Garcia, City Manager of Pismo Beach

Chris Freeland, City Manager of Indian Wells

Don Penman, Retired City Manager