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San Gabriel Appoints New City Manager

  • By David Barron

SanGAbrielSealSan Gabriel – City Council in San Gabriel has appointed city hall veteran Steven A. Preston as city manager at the council meeting of Tuesday evening, January 5.


Preston has been serving as acting city manager since the sudden departure of former manager Michael Paulis last October.

Preston began his San Gabriel career in 1999 as deputy city manager and deputy executive director of the San Gabriel Redevelopment Agency, overseeing economic development, planning, building and safety, housing, engineering and public works.  During this period the city received several awards for its planning and redevelopment programs according to a city announcement..

“With over 20 years in local government, Steve brings a wealth of management experience to the city”, stated Mayor Juli Costanzo in a city press release.

“My colleagues and I are excited about welcoming Steve to his new role as city manager.”

“We look forward to implementing the council and community’s vision for San Gabriel,” she added.

Prior to joining San Gabriel, Preston was the Community Development Director in La Verne for 10 years.  His experience also includes positions with the City of Glendale and in the private sector.

“There are few places I could imagine taking on the challenges facing communities at present,” Preston said, “but San Gabriel is certainly that place.  I don’t know of any community with a richer history, more opportunity, or a better Council and staff to work alongside.”

Preston is also vice chairman of La Casa de San Gabriel and former president of the Asian Youth Center.

He is an active member of the San Gabriel Historical Association, Chamber of Commerce and other local community organizations.  He has been a member of the International City Management Association for the past decade.

He holds bachelor and master degrees in planning from Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in policy administration and communications, and for the past five years has co-chaired the UCLA Extension Land Use Law Conference.

Preston and his wife Janet Whaley live in Pasadena.
San Gabriel is considered one of the smaller cities in West San Gab

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