Breaking News: David Wilson selected as new City Manager

West Hollywood City Council sidestepped appointing an Interim City Manager and instead selected Assistant City Manager David Wilson as Paul Arevalo’s successor after he retires in July.


Official Statement of Mayor Lindsey Horvath:

“While we heard for awhile that the end of Paul’s term was approaching, no one knew that it would happen at this critical time, in the wake of a global health pandemic and economic recession.

 To that end, hiring a new City Manager is something very few people in the City’s history have been a part of, and it’s been quite a long time since the City has embarked on such a transition.

I want to thank in a special way Lauren Langer, Mike Jenkins & Paul Arevalo for guiding us through and helping to respond to all of Council’s requests to ensure a thorough, complete process.

I also want to thank my colleagues for an extraordinary commitment of time, effort, and energy to this process. In some ways, I wish the public had been able to see us manage this important decision, as I believe it brought out the best in each of us and elevated our focus, discussion, and vision as a whole Council for our City’s future. I am grateful for what each of you brought to the deliberation.

I am especially excited to welcome David Wilson as our next City Manager. As a student & professional athlete, David developed skills that are best cultivated and instilled through team sports. Being someone who could not only perform under pressure but also someone that his team can rely on is something he learned how to do early in his personal growth, and will benefit all of us who have the chance to work with him.

Professionally, he began his service to our City as an intern and has made his work in West Hollywood the focus of his career. His demonstrated understanding of City Hall’s day-to-day operations as well as our City’s finances give all of us confidence in his abilities as we face the transition ahead. He is the right person at the right time, and I am personally committed to doing all I can to help him succeed.

I hope everyone at City Hall and in the community will do the same. His success is our City’s success, and it’s going to take all of us – in an orderly fashion – working together for the benefit of our City to get through this time.”


ABOUT DAVID WILSON

David Wilson has been with the City of West Hollywood for more than 18 years. As Assistant City Manager, David implements the vision, broad policy goals, and ongoing strategic programs of the City Council and City Manager to ensure that operations remain true to, and consistent with, the mission and Core Values of the City of West Hollywood. This is accomplished by providing leadership, executive direction, and oversight of all City operations and services; establishing performance management goals and standards for all City departments; ensuring that City government responds to the needs of the community in a timely and effective manner; and enabling  City management and staff to work collaboratively and creatively in addressing the issues and concerns of our constituency. 

David also serves as the City’s Risk Manager. As such, he oversees strategies that aim to identify, asses and prepare for risks while positioning the City to take advantage of opportunities to achieve stated goals and objectives.

Prior to becoming Assistant City Manager, David was the City of West Hollywood’s Director of Finance and Technology Services. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the department’s three divisions, which include General Accounting, Revenue Management, and Information Technology, as well as acting as the City Treasurer. Prior to being appointed Director of Finance & Technology Services David served as the City’s Budget and Compensation Manager for four years; his duties included preparing and monitoring the City’s budget and oversight of the City’s payroll and benefits. He has also been a Senior Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Department and a Project Development Administrator in the Redevelopment & Housing.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Planning from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.

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WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
4 months ago

I wish the journalist that wrote this article would credit the person they quoted (you did notice that the entire article was a quote, right?) Exactly who said all of that?

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
4 months ago
Reply to  WeHoMikey

OFFICIAL STATEMENT of Mayor Lindsey Horvath would suggest the obvious credit

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
4 months ago

The City is constantly out of step with what Residents want, which is change. We voted for change and we have been deprived of our electoral franchise. This peculiar City Hall is acting on their own and against Residents best interests. City Hall cannot go outside of its own building that new ideas may exist that may adopt change and benefit Residents. It smells of corruptness to maintain its interests of status quo , being incapable of any other form of governing.

WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
4 months ago

“The City is constantly out of step with what Residents want”

and yet …

the residents voted for ‘status quo’ for more than a generation. What’s your point?

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
4 months ago
Reply to  WeHoMikey

Your point anonymously undermining the point?

WeHoForward
WeHoForward
4 months ago

A fabulous pick to help the city recover and recuperate from the pandemic. Wilson has an impeccable record of community service and is well liked among community members, peers and staff alike. The City Council did a great job with an internal pick during this tumultuous time period. Bringing in an outsider would have been an unmitigable disaster. Disregard the party of no herein these comments. They are becoming as irrelevant as the GOP. WeHo is moving forward with a bold and progressive agenda as evidenced by Mr. Wilson’s ascension into this pivotal role, during a pivotal time. The old… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  WeHoForward

Thank you for the lemming POV.

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
4 months ago
Reply to  WeHoForward

Wow Forward seems backwards and anonymous, when it applies to being onward. I do not think it qualifies as pessimism or negativity that residents ask for change or would like their tax revenue spent at City Hall on transparency that our City claims is part of their Manifesto. I would think that Common Sense and Logical Thinking is still considered progressive and not an Implacable Enemy as unmitigable suggests

getreal
getreal
4 months ago
Reply to  WeHoForward

PR flacks, what “bold and progressive agenda” is evidenced by mr wilson’s “ascension”? It was handed to him with absolutely no chance given to candidates outside the silo. nothing remotely bold and progressive here. claiming that handing this job to a member of the old guard is anything other than what it is, is rubbish. as is claiming zoom interviews with external candidates would have been just tooooo hard (although thousands of zoom meetings have been conducted over the past year and a half).

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
4 months ago

While I am happy for David Wilson who has a long history of loyal and competent service to West Hollywood, I cannot even begin to express my astounded disappointment in the City Council who are apparently too smug and too lacking imaginative to have even considered an outside search for a City Manger. I thought we were considering three current employees for an interim City Manager position. I feel the City has been cheated out of an opportunity to re-imagine City Hall by a City Council that is too timid to even consider having an outside person look at how… Read more »

Pete
Pete
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Even the EMPLOYEES of the city have no say in the matter. Business as usual. Nothing is fair.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  Pete

I don’t know if City employees should have a veto but you would think that some sort of confidential questioning of our employees of how they would make City Hall more responsive and open would have been information the City Council would want to hear. What would employees like to see in a new Administration seems like an intelligent question to ask. If we had done an open process a union representative could have been on the interview panel.

lmp
lmp
4 months ago

so, the “open, progressive, innovative, inclusive city” didn’t want to consider external job candidates. lol. and who, exactly, was preventing the public from seeing them “manage this important decision”? if it is so important, the deliberations (and pertinent materials) should have been made public.

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