City Managers Department

  • The League of California Cities City Managers’ Department will provide a select number of scholarships to Masters of Public Administration graduate students in California who wish to attend the City Managers’ Department Meeting in Monterey from February 8-10, 2017.

    The scholarship (value $1,000) will cover the cost of 3-day conference registration, as well as up to two nights of hotel lodging (room and tax only). Session information can be found at

    Those interested in applying should complete their application and essay online at before 5p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2016.

    The following information will be required and a confirmation email will be sent once your completed application has been received:

    •  Applicant Information
    •  Essay:  A 300 – 500 word essay about why you are interested in local government.
    •  Short Resume

    For questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Meghan McKelvey at or (916) 658-8253.  

    City Managers Department Video

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    OPEB Resource Guide

    As health care costs continue to rise, many local governments that promised healthcare benefits to their employees during retirement are facing a new financial crisis. These generous benefits, known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), have created a massive unfunded liability estimated to be in the trillions of dollars when aggregated nationwide.

    Given the growing unfunded liabilities for retiree healthcare and their impact on other public spending priorities, the League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department established a task force of city managers, finance directors and other key staff to assess the OPEB problem, educate member cities and develop strategies to address retiree health benefits.

    The task force has prepared a How-To Guide to help cities understand the OPEB issue, its costs, possible funding strategies and cost-containment methods that can be implemented to reduce future liabilities.  Understanding that each city is unique, the How-To Guide offers a variety of practical approaches and case studies so communities may find their own blend of best practices and solutions to addressing their OPEB problem.

    The League’s OPEB Task Force encourages everyone in local government to read the How-To Guide and to become more informed about the mounting cost of retiree health benefits and the threat it poises to the fiscal sustainability of local governments throughout the nation. 

    Click here for the How-To-Guide. 


    2017 City Manager Award Applications


    The League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department annually presents three prestigious awards honoring distinguished members of the department. Please submit your applications by November 28, 2016.


    New City Manager Welcome Packet

    This packet contains useful resources and information about the League.
  • The purpose of the City Managers Department is to:

    • Promote the purposes and goals established in the League of California Cities Constitution and Bylaws;
    • Serve as a technical and advisory Department to the League of California Cities;
    • Strive for the continued acceptance and advancement of city management through professional accomplishment and ethical standards as embodied in the ICMA Code of Ethics.
    • Seek the personal development and enrichment of its members through the promotion and conduct of conferences, seminars, and related training or communication methods; and
    • Represent the International City Management Association as their official statewide organization unit and to maintain close liaison and working relationships with ICMA.


    2015-2016 Department Officers

    President  – Sean Joyce, City Manager, Irvine
    President Elect  – Dan Keen, City Manager, Vallejo
    Vice President – Jim Lewis, City Manager, Pismo Beach
    Immediate Past President – Marcia Raines, City Manager, Millbrae
    Department Director* – Tony Dahlerbruch, City Manager, Palos Verdes Estates

    At-Large Representatives
    Southern CA under 100,000 Population – Rod Foster, City Manager, Laguna Niguel
    Southern CA over 100,000 Population – Scott Mitnick, City Manager, Thousand Oaks 
    Northern CA under 100,000 Population – Ken Nordhoff, City Manager, Walnut Creek
    Northern CA over 100,000 Population – Kurt Wilson, City Manager, Stockton

    Terms are for one year, ending in September, except the director and at-large representatives, who serve two-year terms.

    Department Subcommittees

    Pension Reform Committee
    Chair:  Ron Bates,  Pico Rivera City Manager
    Committee Roster

    OPEB Subcommittee
    Chair: Troy Butzlaff, Azusa City Administrator
    Committee Roster

    Government Transparency and Civic Engagement Subcommittee
    Chair: Troy Butzlaff, Azusa City Administrator
    Vice Chair: Steven Falk, Lafayette City Manager
    Committee Roster

    Committee on Diverse Communities
    Chair: Dee Williams-Ridley, Modesto Deputy City Manager
    Committee Roster

    Policy Committees

    Appointed by the department president, each department has at least one representative on each of the League’s standing eight committees that can provide technical information to the committee as a whole to ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues.
    Visit the League’s Policy Development webpage to view upcoming meeting information, listed committees, and meeting agendas.

    2016 Policy Committee Representatives

    Administrative Services –
    Community Services – Eric Levitt, Simi Valley City Manager
    Employee Relations – Dave Kiff, Newport Beach City Manager
    Environmental Quality – Alex McIntyre, Menlo Park Town Manager
    Housing, Community & Economic Development – Valerie Barone, Concord City Manager
    Public Safety – Connie Jackson, San Bruno City Manager
    Revenue & Taxation – Fran David, Hayward City Manager
    Transportation, Communication & Public Works – Chris Freeland, West Covina City Manager

    For more information about the appointment process, please contact Meg Desmond.

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