La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander set to retire after a really long time serving

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is retiring, the city announced this week, which will bring to an end what is said to be the longer tenure of a city manager in the San Gabriel Valley.

Alexander is the city’s sixth appointed city manager, appointed in 1988. Alexander first worked as an administrative assistant and was then later promoted to assistant city manager, and then ultimately to his current post.

Alexander will depart in the spring — making him the longest-tenured city manager, and the longest-serving city employee at the city at 35 years. The city itself is only 47 years old.

Moreover, it will make him the longest serving city manager in the San Gabriel Valley – a region he knows well, given that he began his career in municipal public service as an intern for the city of San Dimas after graduating from college.

He would move on to serve the cities of Glendora and then Simi Valley before settling in for the long haul in La Cañada Flintridge.

Among projects that happened during Alexander’s administration or which he led included the restoration of the city’s Lanterman House, which was made into a museum; the city’s skate park opened; street and parkway medians and landscaping was installed along Foothill Boulevard; the city’s first local fixed-route transportation service (LCF Shuttle) was launched; the city’s first disaster preparedness volunteer program (“VERT”) was launched; and the city enjoyed 34 consecutive years of surplus revenues over expenditures and a general fund reserve that surpassed $18.1 million (or 120% of its operating budget), officials said, along with a longer list of other achievements.

“Mark has served an integral role in helping guide our community through many complex issues over the past three decades,” said Mayor Keith Eich in a city statement.  “He is a highly respected municipal leader and will leave a lasting legacy.  He has built an excellent team at City Hall that will ensure that, even after his departure, there will be no disruption to the high quality of municipal services offered to our community.  We wish Mark the very best in his well-earned retirement.”

The City Council will soon begin seeking to contract with a recruitment firm to help fill the role of the City’s next city manager.

Alexander’s official last day at City Hall will be May 4, 2023.

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