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Director of Planning and Community Development David Reyes is New Acting Assistant City Manager

Published on Monday, June 27, 2022 | 5:00 am

David M. Reyes, Director at the Pasadena Department of Planning and Community Development, is now the Acting Assistant City Manager, replacing Phillip Leclair, Director of Information Technology, who has held the acting assignment since March.

“David will be the primary staff contact for the Rent Control Impact Study, Council Legislative Policy Committee, and will be assisting with reviewing agenda reports and responding to Council requests,” Interim City Manager Cynthia Kurtz said in a statement.

City Manager Steve Mermell appointed Reyes as head of the Planning Department in 2016. At that time Reyes had nearly 20 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sectors. He joined the City of Pasadena’s Planning Department in 2012 and had been the department’s Deputy Director Department since 2014.

Prior to Pasadena, Reyes worked for 10 years in a variety of positions for the planning departments of the cities of Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu.

Reyes has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the California State University, Northridge.

Kurtz announced in December that three department heads would rotate for three months each into the assistant city manager position left vacant by Julie Gutierrez.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Brenda Harvey-Williams, Chief Information Officer Phillip Leclair have both held the position.

Earlier this month, the City Council interviewed candidates for the City Manager position. The position has been vacant since December when Steve Mermell retired.

So far there is no timetable on the selection of a new city manager.

During the time Reyes is in the City Manager’s office, Jennifer Paige will serve as Acting Director of Planning and Community Development, Kurtz added.

Kurtz also thanked Leclair for volunteering to serve in the City Manager’s office.

“His assistance was extremely valuable to both Nick Rodriquez and myself,” Kurtz said. “It was a real pleasure to work with him. Thanks to all the city staff who have either offered to fill in to assist the office or stepped up to backfill behind them. The teamwork with city departments is effective and impressive.”

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