The former City Manager of Selma, California, an agricultural community of just under 25,000 residents, will be the new Assistant City Manager in Palm Springs, City Manager Justin Clifton announced today.
Teresa Gallavan served as City Manager in Selma for three years from 2018-2021. Prior to Selma, she served as Interim City Manager of Lompoc, California from January 2018 – July 2018 and October 2013 – January 2014. In Lompoc, Gallavan also served as Economic Development Director/Assistant City Manager from 2011 – 2018. Prior to Lompoc, Gallavan worked for the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency for 15 years, the last seven years as the Agency’s Marketing & Cultural Services Manager, overseeing marketing, the County of Riverside Library System and the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens.
Gallavan holds a Masters of Business Administration from California University San Bernardino and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine.
She will begin her new position in Palm Springs in mid-November.
“I am thrilled to be bringing Teresa on to join our team. This is an important position that plays a key role in leading the organization and working on some of the most important policy issues,” said Clifton. “I am grateful we have found a thoughtful, experienced leader who I am confident will hit the ground running.”
“Over the past several years, Palm Springs has experienced a tremendous renaissance and I am thrilled to join the team and help Palm Springs continue to prosper post-COVID,” said Gallavan. “With a background in economic development, I look forward to promoting the iconic Palm Springs brand and destination and am incredibly excited to work with the City Manager, Council and Staff moving forward.”