Santa Ana Hires Acting City Manager… Again

On Tuesday, Santa Ana hired retired Pasadena city manager Cynthia Kurtz as acting city manager. The appointment came two weeks after the city council narrowly voted to oust Gerardo Mouet as acting city manager and return him back to the executive director position for Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Mouet had been appointed to the position at the end of December and was just getting ready to choose an acting police chief. As for the city’s last permanent city manager, well, he was ousted in a controversial decision that same month.  

Santa Ana, it sounds like you could use a drink.

Voice of OC has more on the 4-3 decision to undo Mouet’s appointment. Here’s what we know about the latest acting city manager, Cynthia Kurtz:

• In addition to her service as Pasadena’ city manager, Kurtz has held a number of management positions in L.A. County, including interim city manager for Covina and Ethics Advisor Consultant to Vernon. Her resume includes time as public works director/president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and chief operating officer for the LA River Revitalization Corporation as well.

• She holds a bachelor’s degree in community development and housing from Pennsylvania University and a master’s degree in transportation and urban development from the University of Iowa.

• Kurtz’ top priority will be choosing a replacement for Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas, who now heads Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Best of luck.


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