City Manager Gabriel Engeland has announced his resignation from the City of Sierra Madre after serving for four and a half years. The announcement was made official in a closed session with the City Council on June 15, 2021. City Manager Engeland expressed his appreciation for the support of the City Council and community stating “I will forever be thankful to the City Council for trusting me to lead the government as City Manager and I am grateful for all of the residents that allowed me to serve them.”
According to Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi, “The City of Sierra Madre is in a better place because of City Manager Gabe Engeland’s contributions. I am extremely thankful for his leadership and ability to create a culture of accountability, collaboration, and transparency. Albeit I wish he’d stay, I am grateful for the imprint Mr. Engeland will leave in our community.” Mayor Pro Tem
Gene Goss added, “I am deeply appreciative of the years of exemplary service provided by City Manager Engeland. His positive influence shaping the trajectory of our City government will be felt by Sierra Madreans for many years to come. I wish Gabe and his family the very best in this new chapter in their lives.” The City Council directed staff to identify interim city manager candidates and to solicit bids from recruiters to help select a permanent replacement.
The City Council will appoint an interim City Manager in the next few weeks. Gabe Engeland has committed to working with the interim City Manager until his final day on July 16, 2021.