The City of West Hollywood welcomes a new City Manager on Wednesday.
Wilson takes the place of former City Manager Paul Arevalo, who served since 1999.
The City Council approved the selection of Wilson at its May 17 meeting.
David Wilson has been working at City Hall for over 18 years. He previously served as the Assistant City Manager and the City’s Chief Risk Officer. Prior to becoming Assistant City Manager, Wilson was the City of West Hollywood’s Director of Finance and Technology Services, overseeing General Accounting, Revenue Management, and Information Technology, as well as acting as the City Treasurer and Risk Manager.
David also served in various other roles for the City including Budget and Compensation Manager, Senior Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Department, and Project Development Administrator for the City’s redevelopment and housing functions.
Wilson will take over with City Hall still closed. West Hollywood City Hall has been closed to the public since March 2020. At the last City Council meeting Wilson indicated that he expected city staff would slowly begin to return to City Hall during mid- to late July. WEHOville confirmed today with the City of West Hollywood Communication Dept. that plans are being implemented and there will be forthcoming information as soon as it is available.
Another challenge for the incoming City Manager is the current budget deficit. Current projections are for a $10 million budget deficit amid a shortfall of revenues. In this year’s budget the TOT, transit occupancy tax revenues dropped to 17 percent of our overall budget. A new hotel worker ordinance could also impact future hotel revenues and coming up on the July 19 City Council meeting. Mayor Pro-Tem Meister, Councilmember D’Amico and City Manager David Wilson want to conduct a study session to see the economic impacts of implementing this ordinance at this time.
On the other side is Mayor Horvath trying to shore up her union support in her run for County Supervisor, and the two new Councilmembers, Sepi Shyne and John Erickson, who have been resistant to such a study. Horvath, Shyne and Erickson have received donations from the UNITE HERE Local 11 union.
Mr. Wilson, as the City Manager Chief Risk Officer, will face his first test convincing the three youngest council members of the importance of supporting the study and his economic goals.
There are no formal events to welcome David Wilson to city hall today but you can send your best wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org.