Azusa Welcomes Sergio Gonzalez as the new City Manager!
Gonzalez is an experienced public administrator encompassing all areas of local government. He was the city manager for the City of Hermosa Beach responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city. The City of Hermosa Beach is a full service city of 20,000 residents with 145 full time employees and an annual operating budget of $45 million.
Prior to his service at Hermosa Beach, Gonzalez served as the city manager for the City of South Pasadena, California from November 2011 to May 2017. The City of South Pasadena is a full service city with a population of 25,913. He managed the daily operations of the city with a $27 million dollar general fund budget and overall $50 million budget including water, sewer and other special funds. The City employed over 200 full-time and part-time and seasonal employees. At the City he initiated an aggressive public engagement strategy which utilized social media for the general plan update and annual budget adoption process. He also spearheaded a comprehensive program of repairing an aging infrastructure which rehabilitated streets, water and sewer systems using funding options which included bond proceeds and state revolving loans.
Prior to being appointed South Pasadena’s City Manager, Gonzalez was the Assistant City Manager from 2008 to 2011. As the assistant city manager Gonzalez developed and implemented the operating budgets; represented the city in real property negotiations for acquisitions and sales of city owned properties; and also served as the City of South Pasadena’s public information officer and the city’s personnel director/risk manager.
Gonzalez earned a Master of Science in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. He is actively involved with the California City Management Foundation and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California. He is a Board of Trustees member for California State University at Los Angeles and an Accreditation Program Advisory Board Member for the Masters in Public Administration at California State University at Los Angeles.
“I am honored to be Azusa’s next City Manager and look forward to working closely with the City Council and our City team in providing superior public services, solving community issues and moving the City forward,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez will replace Interim City Manager, Don Penman who served in this capacity for the past six months.