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Beverly Hills News – New City Manager Selected: Mahdi Aluzri

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 7:33 PM

By Victoria Talbot

The Beverly Hills City Council announced that they have unanimously elected Interim City Manager Mahdi Aluzri as the new permanent City Manager. 

Aluzri served as Assistant City Manager under former City Manager Jeff Kolin.

The vote was unanimous, said Mayor Julian Gold when making the announcement Thursday evening at the top of the City Council meeting. 

The City sent out the following press release immediately after the announcement:

The Beverly Hills City Council has selected Interim City Manager Mahdi Aluzri to be the new City Manager. Mr. Aluzri has served as interim City Manager since the retirement of Jeff Kolin earlier this year.

“Mahdi is a seasoned professional who has done an outstanding job as interim City Manager,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold. “His integrity, his leadership skills and his intimate knowledge of Beverly Hills has served our City very well. He is both a practical and creative manager whose skills and principles will guide our City organization and the Beverly Hills community as we move forward.”

Mr. Aluzri, 57, has served in municipal government for more than 30 years. Prior to his appointment as Interim City Manager, he was Beverly Hills’ Assistant City Manager for six years.

“I am extremely honored to be appointed as permanent City Manager,” said Mr. Aluzri. “This is a unique and wonderful community, and I look forward to many more years ofproviding the highest quality programs and services to Beverly Hills residents and businesses.”

Between 2007 and 2009 Mr. Aluzri was Deputy City Manager for the city of Rancho Cucamonga, where he was in charge of Community Development functions, which include public works, engineering, utilities, planning, building and safety and code enforcement in four departments with a total staff of close to 250 and a budget of over $25 million.

Mr. Aluzri earlier spent 17 years working for the City of Beverly Hills including 5 years as the Director of the Planning and Community Development Department.

Mr. Aluzri earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Southern California. He is member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.

Following the retirement of Mr. Kolin, the Beverly Hills City Council began its search for a new City Manager, engaging executive search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates to seek out the most qualified candidates nationwide. The City Council conducted interviews the week of Aug. 31.

As City Manager, Mr. Aluzri will oversee a staff of more than 800 employees, and manage the affairs of a municipality operating under a council-manager form of government with an annual budget of over $400 million. The primary duties of the Beverly Hills City Manager include carrying out the priorities of the City Council, hiring and supervising a staff through 10 department directors, preparing a draft budget each year and researching and making recommendations about issues important to the community.

It is anticipated that the City Council will formally approve the appointment of Mr. Aluzri at the City Council meeting of October

2 responses to “Beverly Hills News – New City Manager Selected: Mahdi Aluzri”

  1. Arthur says:

    After a nationwide search……….increible!. Good Luck BH!

  2. Note that the City Manager is not elected but selected by City Council. To be sure, nobody from the public had a hand in making this appointment: we had no insight into hiring criteria; saw no shortlist; nor enjoyed any opportunity to provide input about our priorities or particular candidates.

    Call it a consequence of representative democracy: we elect leaders to make such decisions. Problem is, two of our five (incumbent) councilmembers weren’t elected either to their current terms in 2015. They were simply appointed when not a single challenger stepped forward to run.

    Still, the public was entirely in the dark until this decision was announced. Our communications desk in City Hall had nothing to communicate about the process.

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