New El Segundo city manager Scott Mitnick

El Segundo's new city manager Scott Mitnick boasts three decades of public service experience and will begin his duties July 1, 2019, following in the footsteps of retiring city manager Greg Carpenter. (Photo courtesy of El Segundo)

There’s a new city manager taking the helm in El Segundo.

Scott Mitnick is set to begin his duties July 1 when city manager Greg Carpenter retires after seven years in the position, the city said June 18.

Mitnick was most recently a director for KNN Public Finance in Oakland, a consultancy offering municipal advisory services.

Although new to El Segundo, local leaders said in a statement they are excited about what the 30-plus year veteran of public service will bring to city hall.

“Scott’s ability to craft a compelling vision, hold his team accountable and achieve results were key factors in our decision,” said Mayor Drew Boyles of the Mitnick who was chosen from a pool of 60 applicants during a two-round selection process that included rigorous panel interviews.

“(His) long history of successes bring to life how his leadership and experience will move El Segundo forward,” added Councilmember Don Brann, who led the search to fill the leadership position.

Mitnick, also in the statement, said he appreciated city council's support.

"I am humbled by city council's support and vote of confidence in my abilities to manage the organization at this exciting time,” said Mitnick, who has a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University. “El Segundo has a long history as a full-service city with a proud tradition of independence and self-confidence.”

The new municipal leader has big shoes to fill as he steps into the Carpenter's spot, where he will be tasked with managing a staff of more than 240 employees and a budget of roughly $115 million, according to the city.

“We have recently embarked on an enhanced communications effort for the city,” said Councilmember Scot Nicol. “The goal is to ensure that communications are consistent, proactive and collaborative. Scott will be a key team player in ensuring its success.”

Mitnick, a husband and father of two, said he is up for the challenge—in terms of experience and attitude.

“I look forward to working closely with all city employees to implement City Council's building on the successes of the past to prepare for the challenges of the future,” he said. “The best is yet come.”

Mitnick has three decades of public service, including 21 years at the executive level, according city leaders.

He has worked for five California local governments, serving in positions such a director and licensed municipal advisor in Oakland, county administrator for Sutter County in Northern California, city manager in Thousand Oaks, assistant city manager in Burbank and budget analyst in Brea.

During these tenures, Mitnick has led organizations of up to 1,000 employees and managed budgets of more than $325 million.

“Finding a candidate with expertise working at all levels of governance was a priority for the council,” explained Councilmember Chris Pimentel. “Scott’s extensive experience with intergovernmental issues will result in immediate dividends.”

Mitnick has also served as a guest lecturer at several conferences and universities, including UCLA and USC, according to Brann.

“We entrust him to lead our city with transparency and partnership,” Brann added.

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