Sustainability and Equity Champion Tapped for Top Position at Santa Monica City Hall

L.A. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, an outspoken proponent of equity and sustainability in local government and planning and self-described progressive Catholic, will take over as city manager in Santa Monica.

The City Council announced the unanimous decision at a special meeting Wednesday.

“Our City Council is unanimously enthusiastic about what we all agree is a perfect fit of City and Manager. Rick Cole is a respected and inspirational visionary for successful sustainability, resilience, and quality of life,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown in a press release issued Wednesday shortly after the decision was made.

“We took very seriously our community’s contributions to the job description from which we hired Rick. He has proven in city after city his ability to incorporate diverse input, identify shared goals, balance economic development and residential quality of life, and bring communities together,” McKeown said.

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