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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2009
CONTACT:Michelle Dawson
Assistant to the City Manager
Media and Communications Division
951.413.3053

Financial and Administrative Services Director to Retire

After over 23 years in local government management, Financial and Administrative Services Director Steve Elam has announced that he will retire from his position with the City of Moreno Valley effective December 25, 2009. Hired as Administrative Services Director in September, 2006, Elam took on the City’s finance and treasury operations as well when two departments were merged in 2008. The Financial and Administrative Services Department is responsible for the City’s finance, treasury, technology services, purchasing and facilities, and animal services operations.

“I have the utmost respect for Steve and appreciate his high level of expertise, professionalism, and integrity,” said City Manager Robert G. Gutierrez. “He has been an exemplary leader of the Financial and Administrative Services Department; as a cost-savings measure we combined very diverse functions into one department and Steve has managed these operations very capably. Steve’s experience in local government finance has been a critical element of our City’s ability to navigate through the recent economic crisis and I believe his leadership in this area has helped position Moreno Valley in as strong a position as possible as we await economic recovery.”

Regarding his retirement, Elam said, “It has been a privilege to work for the City of Moreno Valley. The City has some of the most talented and dedicated employees I've worked with during my 35-year career, 23 of which have been in public service. Despite tough economic times and personal financial sacrifices, the City employees continue to work hard to provide the best possible service to the community. I am proud to have been associated with such an outstanding group of people.”

Prior to his position with Moreno Valley, Elam served as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Simi Valley for eleven years and as the Deputy Finance Director in the City of Thousand Oaks for nine years. Elam has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors Degree in History from Biola University.

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