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Whittier City Council Approves Agreement for New City Manager

Post Date:12/10/2019 9:42 AM

November 13, 2019

CONTACT: Shannon DeLong, Assistant City Manager, (562) 567-9301


The Whittier City Council has completed its recruitment process to select a successor for City Manager Jeff Collier, who is retiring after 15 years with the City and 40 years in public service. Collier has served as City Manager for the past 8 years and was formerly the City’s Director of Community Development. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Council approved an employment agreement with Mr. Brian Saeki as the City’s eighth City Manager.

Saeki currently serves as City Manager for the City of Covina, where he has focused on economic investment in the downtown, enhancing revenues to ensure the city’s long-term financial stability, improving infrastructure, addressing homelessness, and expanding recreation and library services. During Saeki’s tenure with Covina, the City’s financial rating was upgraded, police services were enhanced, and public information and transparency was a high priority.

“The recruitment for our next City Manager was extremely competitive. Replacing Jeff Collier is a monumental task, but we are very pleased with the results of the recruitment process. Mr. Saeki’s credentials are outstanding,” noted Mayor Joe Vinatieri, who added, “Mr. Saeki has direct experience with many of the initiatives that are a high priority for Whittier, including homelessness, fiscal sustainability and economic development.”

Saeki has over twenty-one years experience in public service. Prior to becoming Covina’s City Manager, Brian was the City Manager for the full service City of San Fernando, where he focused on fiscal sustainability, public transparency and economic development. His other experiences include working for the cities of Downey, Rosemead and Arcadia in various positions including Community Development Director, Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Manager.

“I feel very fortunate and honored to be considered by the Whittier City Council to serve as their next city manager. I am committed to supporting their goals for quality of life and fiscal sustainability in the community. There is tremendous opportunity in the City of Whittier with such a caring, involved community, a vibrant uptown, and a thriving business environment,” stated Mr. Saeki.

Saeki will begin at Whittier City Hall on December 9.

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