July 22, 2021 5:22 PM
After a special meeting tonight, the Santa Monica City Council announced its selection of David White to be the next Santa Monica City Manager. White is currently Deputy City Manager for the City of Berkeley, where he oversees internal services, public safety reform, economic recovery and special projects. Prior to joining the City of Berkeley leadership team in May 2019, he served as City Manager in Fairfield, California for five years.
“David has a deep understanding of the central issues facing our like-minded cities and has demonstrated that he has the experience and inclusive spirit we need to lead Santa Monica at this critical time,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “We are delighted to have found a candidate so in tune with the values of our community and look forward to his arrival so that we can begin our collective work.
In Berkeley (population 120,000), White has led priority work efforts that require significant collaboration across the community and organization. He championed the reimagining of public safety, including a new model of civilian oversight of the Berkeley Police Department. With extensive experience in finance both as an investment banker and as CFO of Fairfield, White is well positioned to support Santa Monica in our economic recovery.
As director of the town of Fairfield (population 115,000), White rebuilt the organization of that town after the Great Recession. There, he also advanced a city-wide strategy to tackle homelessness, oversaw a large portfolio of capital projects, and prioritized fiscal health and community engagement. Prior to becoming Managing Director, he held leadership positions at Fairfield for ten years, including as Deputy City Manager, CFO and Senior Project Manager for Economic Development.
“I am delighted and honored to serve the City of Santa Monica as City Manager,” White said. “Santa Monica is a wonderful community and I look forward to engaging and working closely with City Council, staff, residents and businesses implementing City Council Top Priorities: Achieving a Clean Santa Monica and secure, tackle homelessness and ensure a fair and inclusive economic recovery. ”
White, originally from Los Angeles, grew up in Studio City and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. White will be moving to Santa Monica with his wife and daughter and can’t wait to “come home” to Southern California.
As city manager, White will oversee a total city budget of $ 705.5 million and a workforce of 1,923. General Manager White’s employment contract, including an October 11 contract.e start date and salary, will be reviewed at the next Board meeting on July 27.