City Manager Chuy Garcia

Editorial: Resign, Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, and former Councilmember Chuy Garcia.

In the spring of 2018, I wrote a guest column titled “We Need A City Manager.” I argued that Los Angeles is lacking a City Manager who would actually lead the way as City Council considers the Council’s 2019 City Manager hiring legislation.

In the next few months, City Hall may finally find one: Chuy Garcia, who resigned in the spring of 2018 from City Hall to run for the Los Angeles city council seat currently held by Gil Cedillo.

Garcia was the City of Los Angeles’ first non-mayor City Manager, who began as an intern in the position in 2005. From 2006 to 2016, she held a variety of different city management positions. I have known Chuy since college and considered her to be one of the most talented City Hall staffers I’ve ever worked with.

I’m not here today to defend Chuy’s performance as an employee in the City’s office of the city manager. She did perform well during her time as City Manager of the City of Los Angeles.

In the last five years, García made a series of key decisions that, taken together, showed a clear vision of how to run Los Angeles City government.

Chuy Garcia’s City Hall tenure began in 2005 as an intern.

She served as Special Assistant to L.A. City Controller’s Office during the mayoral administration of Richard Riordan. During the first term, she spent a good deal of time working on City finances. She was also responsible for overseeing the City Controller’s office.

In 2007, García became the Deputy City Administrator. She served in that role for two years. García became the Acting City Administrator of Los Angeles City Council’s interim office during the first administration of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She served in that position for six months before becoming Deputy City Clerk in the City of Los Angeles in 2008.

Garcia was appointed City Manager during the second term of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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