Ray Cruz, City Manager
If you would like to contact the City Manager:
Phone: (562) 868-0511, ext. 7510
The City of Santa Fe Springs is very pleased to announce the selection of the sixth City Manager in the City’s history, Mr. Raymond R. Cruz. Mr. Cruz comes to Santa Fe Springs from the City of Rolling Hills where he was appointed to City Manager in November of 2013. He has over 31 years of municipal government experience and has managed several different types of operations during his career.
He began his career in the City of Riverside City Manager’s Office as an intern while he attained his dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Service and Political Science from the University of California-Riverside. Mr. Cruz continued his education at the University of Southern California and within that time he landed a position with the City of Glendale where he started as an intern and was promoted five times during his 14 plus years there. His last position held was Assistant to the City Manager. He received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and is also a graduate of the Coro Foundation Fellowship Program in San Francisco.
During his time at Glendale, he worked on the city wide budget, employee relations issues, City Council support, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relations, public information and community relations. Most notably, Mr. Cruz was appointed by the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La-Canada Flintridge and South Pasadena as its Executive Director of the Arroyo Verdugo Cities. This agency comprises a council of governments to develop joint planning, infrastructure, and service delivery projects.
In 2001, he was then hired by the City of Carson to become its first Public Services General Manager where he supervised the City’s Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and Human Services Departments. His operations were managing a $40 million budget and 175 full-time and 693 part-time employees. The City of Carson re-organized during Mr. Cruz’s last year and he became the Director of Community Services which also included supervision of the Transportation Department.
After the completion of 12 years of service to the City of Carson, the City of Rolling Hills City Council appointed Mr. Cruz to City Manager. During his time as City Manager, Mr. Cruz assisted with issues that include: crime prevention, water conservation, energy reliability, wildfire prevention, storm water management, and establishing assessment districts for sewer mains and undergrounding overhead utility lines. He is married to his best friend Michele and is the father of three boys.
With his diverse experience in municipal governance and successful management skills, Mr. Raymond Cruz is a tremendous asset to the City of Santa Fe Springs. The City welcomes Mr. Cruz and looks forward to his leadership and expertise in maintaining Santa Fe Springs as a great place to live, work and play!
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to be the administrative head of municipal government operations of the City. The City Manager is responsible for implementing decisions made by the Council, and coordinating those activities through the various City departments, in accordance with the Municipal Code. The City Manager is also tasked with identifying key areas of interest relating to the City, formulating appropriate responses, and creating policy recommendations for the Council; as well as, budget development, strategic planning, and the economic development of the City. He also represents the City in legislative actions, legal service functions, and provides leadership for the organization.
If you would like to obtain additional information about the City Manager or the City Manager's Office, please call (562) 868-0511, ext 7510.