Carson City Council Names New City Manager

 The Carson City Council has appointed Nelson Hernandez to serve as its new City Manager effective May 7. His appointment and introduction was announced at the City Council meeting on May 6.

Hernandez has 30 years of distinguished public service. Highlights of his lengthy career in public administration include the positions of Assistant Chief Operating Officer for the City of San Diego, serving as Assistant Economic Development and Senior City Planner for the City of Montebello, and Community Development Director for the City of Ventura.

Hernandez signed a three-year contract with the City. He extended his appreciation for the great opportunity shown by the City Council in appointing him as the next City Manager.

“We are thrilled with our decision in selecting Mr. Hernandez,” says Carson Mayor Jim Dear. “Carson certainly stands to benefit from Mr. Hernandez’ noteworthy leadership and extensive experience in various aspects of city management. I’m confident that my colleagues and I have made a great choice in him.“

The City Council spent several months in recruiting a top administrator for the City of Carson, and selected Hernandez from a long list of highly qualified candidates. The City hired executive search firm The Hawkins Company to assist in this recruitment. Hawkins conducted the background check and vetted that Hernandez is qualified to accept employment with the City and has no adverse employment or personnel history that would warrant withdrawing the conditional offer of employment.

“I think Mr. Hernandez is the right fit for the job, and I’m looking forward to the positive programs he’s going to bring to the table, and to us – the entire City Council, staff and the community – all working together in moving our city forward,“ added Dear.

Carson’s incoming City Manager established ground breaking economic development funds using private, city and federal funds in partnership with a community bank and HUD during his tenure in the City of Montebello. He continued his trailblazing ways in the City of Ventura. Under his leadership, Ventura became the first city in California to create an equity investment fund for small high-tech start-up firms. In the City of San Diego, Hernandez made significant operational improvements and took a leadership role in the establishment of prevailing wages for Public Works projects.

Hernandez attended UCLA where he received his Bachelors in Political Science, and he graduated from the MPA program at the City University of New York. He also completed the following certificate programs: Housing and Community Development Community from Harvard University; Transportation Planning from UC Riverside; Real Estate Finance from Urban Land Institute and Advance Management from Cal State Long Beach.

Hernandez also has a record of superior federal service. He worked at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in the capacity of Senior Associate Director, Housing and Community Investment where he was responsible for developing affordable housing and community investment policies and regulations of approximately $500 billion annually over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.

“It is a great opportunity to work in a City with so much history and tremendous opportunities. The City of Carson is a city that has a lot going on for its size. Carson has a major university, industrial land, opportunities to revitalize commercial corridors and great neighborhoods,” said Hernandez.

“I am looking forward to joining the City and working with the Mayor and Council who all are very engaged with the community. I am eager to begin my tenure as City Manager in this community and make sure that policies that Council passes are implemented,” Hernandez said.

Raised in the Los Angeles area, Hernandez intends to live in Carson with his wife Celia. They have a son, Marcel, who is a freshman at San Francisco State University.

As Carson’s new City Manager, Hernandez will also serve as the Executive Director of the Successor Agency to the Dissolved Carson Redevelopment Agency and Executive Director of the Carson Housing Authority.
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