L.A. Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation previously managed Ventura and Azusa, was mayor of Pasadena

Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager

Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager

Santa Monica City Council members have chosen Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager, filling a position left vacant when Rod Gould retired in January. The city manager is responsible with the day-to-day administration of the city’s 14 departments and an annual budget of more than $560 million.

“Our City Council is unanimously enthusiastic about what we all agree is a perfect fit of city and manager. Rick Cole is a respected and inspirational visionary for successful sustainability, resilience and quality of life,” Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown said in a statement released by City Hall on Thursday.

“We took very seriously our community’s contributions to the job description from which we hired Rick. He has proven in city after city his ability to incorporate diverse input, identify shared goals, balance economic development and residential quality of life, and bring communities together,” McKeown said.

Cole is currently Los Angeles’ deputy mayor for budget and innovation. He previously served as city manager of Ventura and Azusa after spending 12 years as a Pasadena City Council member and mayor.

“The City of Santa Monica today was shaped by the last three decades of remarkable Council, staff and community leadership. It is both a national model and a personal inspiration to me as a model for sustainable urban policies and practices,” reads a statement by Cole. “The challenge ahead is to reconcile the success of that model with powerful market forces to ensure that Santa Monica remains a city that works for everyone.”

— Joe Piasecki