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Best wishes to Jeff Collier

Hi everyone, and back at you. As you now know, we named our new City Manager, Brian Saeki last Tuesday night. But my comments this week are all about our retiring City Manager, Jeff Collier.

Well-deserved congratulations to Jeff, who is retiring the end of November after 40 years of public service, 7 years as Whittier City Manager. The city manager is the CEO of our “corporation”, The City of Whittier, with an annual budget of over 125 million dollars. Jeff managed that budget and his team of department heads with great success.

During his tenure he has had to navigate both good and bad times… recession of 2008, the taking of our redevelopment monies by Sacramento and the horrific loss of Officer Keith Boyer. But even in uncertain times, he has been a consistent, guiding force in sticking with the plan for our City as given to him by the City Council.

He oversaw the development of the Uptown Whittier Specific plan, commenced construction at the Groves of Whittier, development of Whittier’s Dog Park and numerous park improvements. Infrastructure wise, Jeff commenced Whittier’s water/sewer replacement program, attracted quality business and new housing to town. He was also critical to Whittier twice receiving the Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County designation. And some day we will see the Gold Line light rail brought here to Whittier by Jeff and our Whittier team.

I have always much appreciated Jeff’s “all in” attitude. He demonstrated this to us when he and Colleen moved to Whittier to be residents and become part of the community. And that attitude carried over into his leadership of our City. We have benefited from his steady hand and experienced insight. Thanks Jeff.

Best wishes to Jeff and Colleen on a wonderful retirement!

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