STATEMENT: Ryu Calls for Nationwide Search for New City Administrative Officer

"Miguel Santana is regarded as one of the toughest fiscal hawks and innovative problem solvers in the City of Los Angeles. During his tenure as the City Administrative Officer."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 3, 2016

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STATEMENT: RYU CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR NEW CITY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

Los Angeles, CA - Councilmember David Ryu issued the following statement regarding the City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana’s recent transition and called for a nationwide search for his successor.

“Miguel Santana is regarded as one of the toughest fiscal hawks and innovative problem solvers in the City of Los Angeles. During his tenure as the City Administrative Officer, he was instrumental in the recovery efforts from the City’s budget shortfalls and pushed for difficult decisions to protect taxpayer dollars. Mr. Santana’s pragmatic leadership earned him the reputation as an effective and honest advisor to the Mayor and the 15 City Councilmembers.

Earlier this week, Mr. Santana announced that he will join the Los Angeles County Fair Association as its President and Chief Executive Officer. While we send him warm wishes, the City of Los Angeles must begin a process to identify a successor to fill his big shoes.

Keeping our City’s finances in order to deliver more for our neighborhoods is one of our most important responsibilities. The City must conduct a nationwide search to identify an independent candidate with the astute knowledge, leadership, and vision to advise the City’s policymakers.

Although it may be tempting to quickly pick a successor for this vital position, it is important that the City take it’s time to identify a candidate who will lead with pragmatic and independent counsel.”

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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