City of Fontana logoMark Denny has announced his resignation as Fontana City Manager, ending a distinguished career in public service.

Denny, Fontana’s City Manager since April 2020, has accepted a position in the private sector, closer to his home in San Clemente. His final day in Fontana will be October 14.

“Mark arrived in Fontana in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown and has shown extraordinary poise and leadership in guiding our City Hall team through some very difficult months,” said Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “We’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated professional and look forward to staying in contact with him as takes this next step in his career journey.”

Warren said a search for the next City Manager will begin immediately. With a population of 214,000, Fontana is the second largest city in San Bernardino County and is a major economic and employment hub for the Inland Empire and Southern California. The City is seen as a model for business attraction, livability, and innovative community building initiatives.

Denny said his time in Fontana has been a highlight of his career.

“I’m excited about Fontana’s future and am so very grateful to the City Council, Mayor Warren, the team here in City Hall and our residents and businesses for all the support they’ve given me. Together, we’ve made some amazing progress in the face of historic external challenges,” Denny said.

Denny came to Fontana after serving as City Manager for Dana Point and, prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer for Orange County. His previously served as Deputy City Manager and Director of Public Works and Community Services for Dana Point and Director of Orange County Parks (OC Parks).