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  • Michael J. Beck: City Manager


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    Michael J. Beck has been the Pasadena City Manager since October 2008. His responsibilities include the overall operation of the city’s government, including development of the annual operating and capital budget, more than $776 million in Fiscal Year 2012. Mr. Beck also manages 14 departments within the city, including Pasadena Water and Power, full service police and fire departments, a Department of Health and management of almost 2,000 employees. He is also a member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company. Under his leadership, Pasadena has maintained its well-deserved reputation for excellence in the delivery of municipal services to its 137,000 residents.

    Mr. Beck’s initiatives have included the development of a five-year fiscal program to resolve a General Fund deficit brought on by the recent economic downturn with cumulative savings of more than $150 million; streamlining the city’s governmental functions and processes ; increasing the use of technology to better serve residents; developing a financial solution to an unfunded liability in the closed Fire and Police Retirement System; creating a strategic investment plan to fund at least $100 million in renovations to public facilities; and implementing a strategic planning process for the city. In addition, he has provided leadership to Pasadena’s General Plan update and the Rose Bowl Stadium renovation project.

    Prior to his service in Pasadena, Mr. Beck was Assistant City Manager for the City of Riverside, the largest city in Southern California’s Inland Empire with a population of more than 300,000 and a nearly $1 billion operating budget. His responsibilities included oversight of Riverside Municipal Airport and the city departments of Community Development, Public Works, Public Utilities, and Parks, Recreation and Community Services. His crowning achievement was the development of the financial plan and implementation of the transformative $1.8 billion Riverside Renaissance program – 30 years of public infrastructure investment in just five years.

    Before working for the City of Riverside, he was Director of Economic Development and Real Estate Services for the University of California, Riverside, where he developed public/private partnerships to foster expansion of academic and research opportunities; and was instrumental in developing a regional economic development agenda that advanced managerial and technical job creation.

    He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of California, Riverside.

    He and his wife Brigid are the parents of four sons, ages 22, 19, and 14-year-old twins.



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