The City Manager who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council, acts as the "CEO" of the City, providing responsible management and efficient administration of the City. The Manager provides professional leadership in executing and administering City Council policies and coordinating City activities. Other responsibilities include providing information and recommendations to the Council, monitoring the City's financial condition, responding to citizen inquiries and requests for information, assisting residents, overseeing City services and contracts, and supervising other City departments.
Raymond R. Cruz, City Manager
Ray Cruz has over 29 years of municipal government experience and has managed several different types of operations during his career. His career started in the City of Riverside City Manager's Office as an intern when he was an undergraduate student. When he started graduate school, Mr. Cruz landed a position with the City of Glendale City Manager’s Office where Mr. Cruz started as an intern and was promoted five times during his fourteen years there where his last position was the Assistant to the City Manager. Mr. Cruz worked on the citywide budget, employee relations issues, City Council support, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relations, public information and community relations. During his last year in Glendale, the cites of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La-Canada Flintridge and South Pasadena appointed Mr. Cruz as its Executive Director of the Arroyo Verdugo Cities. The agency is a sub-regional council of governments that develops joint planning, infrastructure and service delivery projects. In 2001, Mr. Cruz was hired by the City of Carson to become its first Public Services General Manager where he administered over the City’s Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and Human Services Departments. His operations included managing a $40 million budget and 175 full-time and 693 part-time employees. During his last year in Carson, the City re-organized and Mr. Cruz became the Director of Community Services and added the Transportation Department to his other responsibilities.
After twelve years in Carson, the City of Rolling Hills City Council in November of 2013 appointed Mr. Cruz to become their City Manager. The issues in Rolling Hills that Mr. Cruz is presently working on include: crime prevention, water conservation, energy reliability, wildfire prevention, storm water management, and establishing assessment districts for sewer mains and undergrounding overhead utility lines. Mr. Cruz received a joint B.A. in Public Service and Political Science from the University of California-Riverside, a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Fellowship Program in San Francisco. Mr. Cruz is married to his best friend Michele, his eldest son Austin is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has twin boys Ryan and Jacob that attend Rancho Vista Elementary.