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Brian Saeki chosen as Whittier’s next city manager

WHITTIER — Brian Saeki will become Whittier’s next city manager, pending approval of his contract by the City Council next week.

Saeki replaces Jeff Collier, who is retiring after 15 years in Whittier.

“I feel very fortunate and honored to be considered by the Whittier City Council to serve as their next city manager,” Saeki said in a prepared statement. “I am committed to supporting their goals for quality of life and fiscal sustainability in the community. There is tremendous opportunity in the City of Whittier with such a caring, involved community, a vibrant uptown, and a thriving business environment.”

A former Whittier resident, Saeki is the current city manager of Covina. Before that, he was city manager of San Fernando. He has also worked for the cities of Downey, Rosemead and Arcadia in various positions including community development director, assistant city manager and economic development manager.

“The recruitment for our next City Manager was extremely competitive,” said Mayor Joe Vinatieri. “Replacing Jeff Collier is a monumental task but we are very pleased with the results of the recruitment process. Mr. Saeki’s credentials are outstanding.

“Mr. Saeki has direct experience with many of the initiatives that are a high priority for Whittier, including homelessness, fiscal sustainability and economic development.”

The City Council will consider Saeki’s employment contract during closed session discussion on Tuesday. Terms of the contract have not been released.

If the contract is approved, Saeki will begin work Dec. 9.

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