Jennifer Phillips, an executive manager with the County of Orange, has been appointed assistant Santa Monica city manager.

“I am very excited about the appointment of Jennifer and confident that her outstanding professional experience and education will be an invaluable asset to this organization,” Santa Monica city manager P. Lamont Ewell said.

Phillips will oversee the external services departments of Big Blue Bus, Community and Cultural Services, Housing and Economic Development, Library, Planning and Community Development and Public Works. In addition, she will be responsible for leading citywide programs and initiatives dealing with operational issues.

“I am extremely excited and feel privileged to join the exceptional team at the City of Santa Monica,” Phillips said. “I look forward to meeting the team, the council and the community.”

She is scheduled to start the position Monday, January 26th.

Phillips has over 24 years of public administration experience including serving as recycling specialist with the L.A. County Sanitation District, principal financial analyst with the Orange County Transportation Authority, and assistant to the city manager with the City of Fullerton, in which she served in the daily operational capacity of assistant city manager.

Most recently, Phillips served as an executive manager with the County of Orange, developing and making policy recommendations to executive management and the County Board of Supervisors. Over the past five years she has successfully led Orange County Animal Care and implemented substantial organizational change, modernized operations and developed high quality, customer-oriented programs and services, Ewell said.

Phillips is an active member of the International City/County Management Association; Preparing the Next Generation Working Group, and is currently vice-chair of Women Leading Government.

Phillips earned her Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University-Long Beach.