National City’s Manager Announces Retirement

National City’s top administrator will step down later this year after more than three decades of service, including the past six as city manager.

"It has been a tremendous blessing and privilege to serve the National City community for the past 33 years," Leslie Deese said in a statement. “I feel a deep sense of pride in all that we've accomplished, none of which would have been possible without your hard work and dedication."

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Deese first joined National City as a secretary to the city manager. Over the past 33 years, she’s held stints as executive assistant to the city manager, director of community services, and assistant city manager. She has established a pension fund, secured millions in grants, and received credit for helping the city maintain an A+ credit rating.

Deese is aiming for a spring departure date but said she will stay on as city manager until a replacement is found.

Read more about her career and retirement here


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