Alma Martinez to Succeed Alex Hamilton as El Monte City Manager
El Monte has promoted Assistant City Manager Alma Martinez to the chief executive position. The City Council voted Wednesday, Aug. 14 to hire Martinez as city manager. She replaces Alex Hamilton who is set to retire after four years with the city.
“Her experience in city management and familiarity with the City of El Monte combine to make her an excellent choice to succeed Alex Hamilton,” Mayor Andre Quintero said in a press release. “On a personal note, I’m also excited a fellow UCLA graduate will lead our city.”
Martinez earned degrees in Sociology and Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the university’s Luskin School of Public Policy. She worked for a private real estate developer before entering public service. She served as city manager of Lynwood and as assistant city manager of Compton and became assistant city manager of El Monte a year ago.
Martinez is the city's first ever Latina city manager.