Pasadena City Council Announces Selection of New City Manager

Former judge Miguel Márquez takes office in August

PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena City Council has announced the selection of former judge Miguel Márquez to become the city’s next city manager. Márquez will be officially introduced to the community at the city council meeting on Monday, July 11.

Márquez is currently chief operating officer of Santa Clara County, responsible for all operations in the county, the largest in Northern California, with nearly two million residents, 22,000 full-time employees and a budget of annual operation over $11. billion. He has unique and successful experience overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county, which serves a diverse urban and rural population, including working with the county public health department, health and hospital system, public safety systems and Justice, Social Services Agency, Parks and Recreation. , the Emergency Operations Center (including helping to lead the county’s response to the pandemic), the Office of Supportive Housing (working to create sustainable and affordable housing), and the community to address housing issues. social justice.

“On behalf of an enthusiastic Pasadena City Council, I’m thrilled to welcome Miguel to our great city, and I’m excited for the experience, compassion, and connectedness he will bring as the new City Manager. “said Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo. “Miguel has served the public and the greater good for decades in a variety of positions and in his current role has substantial leadership experience in all aspects of public service, many of which are similar to Pasadena. He includes our unique opportunities and challenges and his ability to connect with a range of people will have a profound impact. I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding leader for our employees, a guardian of our city for our residents, a partner in the council and an influential member of our community.

Márquez was selected after an extensive research process, which included candidate recruitment, a review of candidate documents, and selected interviews with members of the city council.

Prior to his current role in Santa Clara, Márquez served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth District of California, a Santa Clara County attorney, general counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, and an assistant city attorney in the office. of the San Francisco City Attorney. He began his public service career as an assistant legal counsel for San Mateo County. Márquez has also worked for two private law firms (Cooley Godward LLP and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell) and as a management consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was part of a national financial and organizational consulting firm.

“I am humbled and honored to join the city of Pasadena, one of the greatest cities in America, and to continue its positive momentum in a city of the future,” Márquez said. “My life’s journey and work have brought me to this moment and this opportunity. I look forward to learning more about Pasadena, engaging with and serving its residents, and working alongside exceptional staff. I am grateful to Mayor Gordo and members of City Council for their confidence in me and my ability to bring forth a shared vision of a just and inclusive community.”

A native of Sacramento, Márquez earned his law degree from UC Berkeley Law School, his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University. .

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