Ken Striplin

Congratulations to CCMF President Ken Striplin for his selection as the 2021 recipient of the Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane. This prestigious award is only given to one honoree each year, selected from nominations of City Managers across the country and around the globe. Ken has been at the helm of CCMF since 2019, and throughout his career he has proven himself as a strong leader in the local government sector. Ken has been the City Manager for the City of Santa Clarita since 2012, but has been serving the City in a fiscal and organizational capacity since 1995. He played an integral role in helping the City of Santa Clarita develop a successful workforce development program, an award-winning mentoring program, which was recognized by the League of California Cities with a Helen Putman award. Striplin also received the John H. Nail Award from the League for his work as an outstanding city manager. Ken’s selection as the 2021 recipient of the Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane is a tribute to his meaningful contributions to California’s city management community.

“As a leader, Ken is known for having a bias for action, commitment to public service and focus on training the next generation of City leaders,” said Mayor Bill Miranda. “Over the last year and a half, our community has faced unimaginable challenges. Ken was able to guide the City organization and our residents through devastation, heartache and a global pandemic. He is truly deserving of this honor, and I am proud to serve our community alongside him.”

Ken was selected for this honor due to his role in leading the City organization through the Tick Fire, Saugus Shooting tragedy and the COVID pandemic, all while continuing to move landmark City projects forward, maintaining a balanced and on-time budget and contributing to Santa Clarita’s reputation as a safe, family-friendly community with a high quality of life.

Read more on the City of Santa Clarita’s website.