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The City Manager's Office provides leadership and direction in the implementation of City Council policy objectives and administration of City services and programs, ensuring accountability, community responsiveness and customer service excellence.

Elaine Polachek, Interim City ManagerElaine Polachek 200x250

Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek (now serving as interim City Manager) has over 30 years of public administration experience and has served in several key positions with the City of Santa Monica. Her academic career includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

As Assistant City Manager, Ms. Polachek oversees the day-to-day coordination, administration, and supervision of 11 city departments. She focuses on developing, enhancing, and sustaining relations with key City business partners such as the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., and the Pier Corporation. She is tasked with managing internal interdepartmental efforts addressing community concerns. In addition, Ms. Polachek is responsible for carrying out the City Manager’s directives regarding interpretation of policies and representing the City Manager in negotiations of complex use agreements with institutional partners, large scale event agreements and resolving conflicts within the organization. In 2014, Ms. Polachek received the John H. Nail Award from the League of California Cities City Managers’ Department. This award is presented to an outstanding municipal assistant city manager who has contributed significantly to his or her city government and to the advancement of the community as a whole.

Ms. Polachek previously served as Deputy City Manager, Director of Community Maintenance, and Open Space Manager with the City of Santa Monica. Other noteworthy past positions for Ms. Polachek include Vice President of Marketing at the Pacific Design Center, and Operations Manager for the Pier Restoration Corporation, where she played a key role in the redevelopment of the Santa Monica Pier from 1984 to 1995. She has also served in management positions with the Province of Ontario and the City of Scottsdale, AZ

Martin Pastucha, Interim Assistant City Manager

Martin smallAssistant City Manager Martin Pastucha has more than three decades of experience in local government including positions in Public Works, Police, City Managers, and Parks and Recreation Departments.   He has served as the City of Santa Monica’s Director of Public Works since 2011, prior to that he served in the same position for the cities of Pasadena and La Habra.

As the Director of Public Works Mr. Pastucha provides leadership and management to a full service department which consists of 500 employees in nine divisions.  These divisions provide essential services to the community including Administration, Architectural Services, Engineering, Facility Maintenance, Street and Fleet Service, Public Landscape, Resource Recovery and Recycling, Santa Monica Airport, and Water Resources.  Some of the major projects he has overseen include the construction of Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, Parking Structure 6, Pico Branch Library, implementation of the Ocean Park Complete Green Street, and the coordination of EXPO Light Rain Construction.

Mr. Pastucha is active with the League of California Cities, serving as the President of the Public Works Officer Department in 2010 and on the Board of Directors from 2012-14. He is also a member of the International Affairs Committee of American Public Works Association, the Board of Directors of Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association, and CALTRANS Transportation Advisory Committee.  Mr. Pastucha has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Cal State University Long Beach and a Masters of Public Administration from Cal State University San Bernardino. 

Danielle Noble, Deputy City Manager

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Deputy City Manager Danielle Noble has over 14 years of experience in the fields of public administration, community organizing, and human services within the City of Santa Monica and in Los Angeles area non-profit organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Ithaca College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Noble oversees the City’s preparation and transmittal of policy recommendations to the City Council. Her professional focus is organizational culture, organizational development, critical thinking, problem solving, team building and conflict resolution.  She assists the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Department Directors in the administration of City government and provides professional development training to City staff. Ms. Noble is involved in the development of the biennial budget, civic engagement projects, and represents the City Manager’s Office on interdepartmental teams. She also represents the City Manager on the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Noble previously served as Assistant to the City Manager and Sr. Administrative Analyst, Homeless Services with the City of Santa Monica. Before transitioning to local government, Ms. Noble worked for two providers of housing to homeless individuals and families, SRO Housing Corporation and Beyond Shelter, and the CLARE Foundation, an alcohol and substance abuse recovery program. In 2012, Ms. Noble graduated from the Berkeley Executive Seminar conducted by the University of California’s Goldman School’s Global and Executive Programs. She is also a 2014 graduate of the ICMA-SEI program at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.





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