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City Council Selects New City Manager – Outlook Pasadena

First published in the July 14 print issue of Pasadena Outlook.

The Pasadena City Council has announced the selection of former judge Miguel Márquez to become Pasadena’s next city manager. Márquez officially begins his term in August.
Márquez is currently Chief Operating Officer of Santa Clara County, responsible for all operations in the county, the largest in Northern California, with nearly 2 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 working with the community to resolve social justice issues.
“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 Mayor Victor Gordo in a statement. . “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 understands 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 of the city council and an influential member of our community.
Márquez was selected after an extensive research process, which included recruiting candidates, reviewing applications, and interviewing members of the city council.
Prior to his current role in Santa Clara, Márquez served as an Associate Judge of the California 6th District Court of Appeals, Santa Clara County Attorney, General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, and Assistant City Attorney. at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He began his public service career as an assistant attorney in San Mateo County. He 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 consultancy.
“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 my work have brought me to this moment and this opportunity. I look forward to learning more about Pasadena, engaging with its residents, and serving and working alongside them. outstanding staff. I am grateful to Mayor Gordo and members of City Council for their confidence in me and my ability to bring a shared vision of a just and inclusive community.
A native of Sacramento, Márquez earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 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.