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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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The City Manager's Office leads the team of City departments and staff to achieve the City Council's vision of a thriving community of sustainable wellbeing. Our mission is to foster collaboration and innovation to create a 21st century city that works for everyone.

Recent Updates:

  • City Manager Rick Cole's 2017-2019 Proposed Biennial Budget Remarks (PowerPoint | May 23, 2017 Remarks (begins at 1:20) | May 24, 2017 Remarks (begins at 2:54))
  • City Manager Rick Cole's 2017 State of the City remarks
  • City Manager Rick Cole's "The Santa Monica Brand" remarks and from the to Annual Santa Monica Travel and Tourism Summit on May 3, 2016
  • City Manager Rick Cole's "State of the City" remarks and video on January 28, 2016
  • City Manager Rick Cole's "State of the City" remarks on February 6, 2017

Rick Cole CropRick Cole, City Manager

Rick Cole has served as City Manager of Santa Monica since June 2015.  During his tenure, he has spearheaded work on the City Council’s five Strategic Goals: converting the Santa Monica Airport to parkland; forging a new model of mobility; taking regional leadership on homelessness; fostering an inclusive and diverse community; and promoting wellbeing so that residents Learn & Thrive.

Rick has been recognized as one of “America's Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine and one of the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" by Government Technology Magazine. He has won awards for municipal management excellence from the American Society of Public Administrators and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, as well as for urban planning leadership from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Prior to coming to Santa Monica, Rick served as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation for the City of Los Angeles where he was responsible for a budget of $8.6 billion and oversaw five city departments. Rick also spent 15 years as City Manager of two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa.

As Santa Monica’s City Manager, Mr. Cole is responsible for leading one of California’s most successful and progressive full-service cities.  With a AAA bond rating from all three major public credit rating agencies and an annual budget of more than $700 million, Santa Monica’s award-winning services and programs are delivered by a staff of nearly 2300.

Rick received a degree in American Studies from Occidental College in 1978 and earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1979.

Katie Lichtig, Assistant City Manager

After a rigorous national search, Lichtig returns to Santa Monica where she began her career in local government as the Assistant to the City Manager for Management Services from 1992 to 2001. She has served as the City Manager for San Luis Obispo for the past 7.5 years and in leading positions with the Cities of Malibu and Beverly Hills before that.

During her nearly decade-long tenure with the City of Santa Monica, Lichtig helped recovery efforts after the Northridge Earthquake and was instrumental in building the Public Safety Facility. Lichtig has vast experience with neighboring communities. She served as Assistant City Manager/Chief Operating Officer for the City of Beverly Hills (2006 – 2010) and City Manager for the City of Malibu (2001 – 2006). 

Lichtig has a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a BA in political science from UC Davis. She will begin in early October with a salary of $275,508.


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