Rod Gould has been named Santa Monica’s new city manager, succeeding P. Lamont Ewell who will retire at the end of this month.

Mayor Pro Tempore Pam O’Connor announced the appointment and introduced Gould at the Tuesday, December 8th City Council meeting, welcoming him to the community and noting that he was the council’s unanimous choice.

“The experience he’s gained throughout his career, his skill mix and focus on community engagement give us every confidence that he is the right person at the right time for Santa Monica,” said O’Connor.

Gould, 52, currently city manager of Poway, is a former president of the City Manager’s Department of the League of California Cities.

The appointment follows a nationwide recruitment that attracted more than 100 candidates and council interviews with six finalists over the past month.

Prior to becoming city manager of Poway in 2006, Gould spent more than nine years as city manager of San Rafael, five years as city manager of Monrovia, and five years as assistant city manager in Walnut Creek.

Gould received a degree in economics and political science from Yale in 1979. He earned master’s degrees in education and public administration from Harvard in 1982 and 1985.

He and his wife, Rosaline, have two grown children.