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City Manager Recruitment

The City of Santa Monica is seeking a high-level, respected, energetic professional with an understanding of local government to lead the City administration as its next City Manager. In addition to being a capable leader of the City staff, the ideal City Manager will value collaboration with the City Council, Boards and Commissions, residents, community partners, and local businesses and workers.

Community Survey

We value community input as a critical component in identifying the most qualified candidates to be Santa Monica’s next City Manager. We invite you to take a brief survey that will inform the recruitment process headed by Ralph Andersen & Associates. The survey will remain open until April 12, 2021. 

Take the Community Survey 

Listening Session

Ralph Anderson & Associates, an executive search firm commissioned by the City of Santa Monica to conduct the City Manager recruitment, invites you to a listening session on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 12pm-1pm. We want to share with an overview of the  City Manager Recruitment process and timeline, gather input, and answer questions.  

Santa Monica’s City Manager oversees the city’s full range of services including police and fire protection, water and wastewater, street maintenance, public landscaping, a regional transit system that serves 13.2 million riders each year, parking, parks and recreation including 245 acres of beaches, five public libraries, planning, building and safety, the Santa Monica Pier, an airport, a cemetery, and a high level of support for social services, cultural programs, and public education. As a AAA-rated city, Santa Monica has long relied on conservative fiscal assumptions to plan ahead. In the past year, City repositioned itself in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, restructuring operations and adopting a significantly reduced FY2021-22 operating budget of $613.6 million, including 1,877 full time employees, putting the City on a financially sustainable track for the future. 

Please join us and provide your input in the City Manager recruitment process. If you require assistance to register, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 310-458-8301.

Register Now

The City of Santa Monica is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees.

This recruitment will be handled confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Interested candidates should apply by April 12, 2021. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred to Ralph Andersen & Associates at and should include a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and five professional references. Top candidates may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire to elaborate on areas of expertise and demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to P. Lamont Ewell at (916) 630-4900.

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