Ray Cruz, City Manager
If you would like to contact the City Manager:
Phone: (562) 868-0511, ext. 7510
Raymond R. Cruz is the sixth City Manager of the City of Santa Fe Springs. 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 33 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 at Rolling Hills, 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. Mr. Cruz's current objectives as City Manager in Santa Fe Springs include: stabilizing and enhancing the City's finances after the City passed Measure Y that increased the sales tax by 1 percent; dealing with the City's CALPERS and OPEB retirement obligations; working on economic development initiatives that include a new hotel, retail stores, restaurants, central grocery store, and billboards along the I-5 and 605 freeways; developing new and less expensive drinking water resources; employee career development and transition planning; initiating the construction of the Gold Line extension along Washington Boulevard; and building a Veteran's Homeless family housing facility.
He is married to his best friend Michele and is the father of three boys. One is an adult that is a Chemical Engineer in Wisconsin and the other two are twin middle school teenagers.
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 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.