Ventura County's Longest Serving City Manager Announces Retirement

Longtime Moorpark City Manager Steve Kueny has decided to retire, effective March 2018. He announced his decision in a letter to colleagues last week.

The Acorn is calling it “the end of an era.” Kueny’s tenure as city manager of Moorpark spans longer than some of the city staff has been alive. He first took the job in 1984, having previously worked for Commerce, Walnut, and Tehachapi. That makes him the longest serving city manager in Ventura County.

Kueny’s list of accomplishments is long, but he said his proudest was the building of the Arroyo Vista Community Park and Recreation Center.

“When I came here, the city was just a year old and (the park) was just a 65-acre piece of property with no access (to neighboring streets),” he said. “By 1994, we had the first phase of the park and the recreation center and we were proud to have done that.”

Moorpark’s population has more than quadrupled in the past 33 years, yet it is still known as one of the safest communities in California.

It will be hard to replace Kueny, said Councilman David Pollock. But they’ll try. The search for a new city manager will start in the coming weeks.


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