San Clemente’s City Manager Hired by Big Bear Lake

San Clemente City Manager Erik Sund has accepted the same position with Big Bear Lake. His last day serving San Clemente will be on Sept. 9.

San Clemente announced Sund’s resignation Aug. 12. A day earlier, the Big Bear City Council voted 4-1 to approve an employment contract with Sund. He will earn an annual salary of $265,000 plus benefits.

“I have nothing but love for the San Clemente community,” Sund told the San Clemente Times. “It has been an extreme honor to serve this City for almost nine years. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I was afforded to serve as its City Manager.”

“Our loss is a gain for Big Bear Lake,” said Mayor Gene James, calling Sund a “dedicated servant with a vast wealth of knowledge.”

Sund has worked in government administration for over three decades. He joined the City of San Clemente as assistant city manager in 2013 and briefly served as interim city manager before his appointment to the chief executive position in 2020. He previously worked for the City of Long Beach.


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