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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2011
CONTACT:Michelle Dawson
Acting Assistant City Manager
951.413.3053   michelled@moval.org

Moreno Valley Selects a New City Manager

Mayor Richard A. Stewart and the Moreno Valley City Council announced the selection of Henry T. Garcia as the new City Manager. The announcement marks the end of a nearly year-long process to select a City Manager to lead the operations of this city of almost 190,000 residents. Garcia has 30 years of local government administration experience, including 18 years as a City Manager/City Administrator. He is departing the City of Rialto where he has served as City Administrator for 10 years. Prior to Rialto, Garcia worked for the cities of Colton, Azusa, San Jacinto, Fontana, and Riverside.

Regarding the new City Manager, Mayor Stewart said, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to have found a leader with the level of expertise, experience, and community vision that Henry is bringing with him to Moreno Valley. He has the exact skill set that we were looking for, including proven fiscal expertise to address our budget deficit. He has years of organizational management experience which he will draw on to improve city efficiencies, particularly in our development processes so that Moreno Valley continues to attract good-paying jobs for our residents. Henry has a dynamic personality that I know will bring a jolt of positive energy to City Hall and throughout the Moreno Valley community.”

Garcia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside as well as a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Additionally, Garcia has earned certifications in Organizational Leadership from Harvard University, Strategic Management of Public Organizations from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the LEAD (Leading, Educating and Developing) Executive Leadership Program at the University of Virginia. He is also an adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino.

“I am proud of the many accomplishments that were achieved in the City of Rialto and will miss the excellent team that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past ten years,” said Garcia. “Moreno Valley presents numerous new challenges to tackle as well as opportunities to advance as a community and I thank the City Council for selecting me to lead this effort. As we look to the future, we should not be afraid to test our imaginations to try to do things differently and I’m ready to begin working with the Council, staff, and the community to take Moreno Valley to a new level of government services and citizen pride.”

Garcia’s employment contract will be voted on at the January 25 Council meeting and his tenure with the City of Moreno Valley is scheduled to begin on February 4.

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