At its Tuesday, June 7 City Council meeting, the Fountain Valley City Council voted unanimously to appoint Maggie Le as the City’s next City Manager. Ms. Le will transition to the role of City Manager on June 11, 2022 from her current position as Deputy City Manager. The city manager serves as the executive leader of the organization, assisting the City Council on delivering their policy directives and managing the day-to-day operations of the city government.
City Councilmembers weighed in with accolades for the selection:
“Ms. Le is a known quantity who has been effectively serving our community for years, rising to the position of Deputy City Manager. She has roots in Fountain Valley, having graduated from Los Amigos High School, and has worked hard to help the city prosper over the last seven years. It is clear she has a grasp on the Council’s priorities and is prepared and committed to help us deliver on our ideas and priorities for the Fountain Valley community,” said Mayor Patrick Harper.
Stated Mayor Pro Tem Constantine, “There is a lot going right now in Fountain Valley, and having Ms. Le take command will bring consistency to City Hall and ensure we don’t skip a beat as we build our future in Fountain Valley.”
“Appointing the City Manager is one of the most critical decisions we make as a City Council. We appreciate the broad interest from the applicants who expressed an interest in working in our community. We had several excellent candidates for this position, but Ms. Le’s command of the issues and organizational familiarity were quite compelling,” observed Councilmember Bui.
“Our City Council has had ample opportunity to work with Ms. Le over her six years with the City,” Councilmember Glenn Grandis noted. “We know her. She knows us. Most importantly, she knows our community.”
“During my 12 years on the dais I have selected three city managers to serve our community. These have been the most challenging and important decisions. Ms. Le understands the challenges and growth opportunities for the city. She is Fountain Valley’s homegrown city manager and will propel our community forward with economic development and quality of life improvements,” said Councilmember Michael Vo.
Ms. Le was selected from a pool of 36 candidates derived from a nationwide search for the position that was conducted by Bob Hall and Associates. The pool consisted primarily of city managers and assistant city managers. Following three rounds of interviews, the City Council selected Maggie Le as their preferred candidate and instructed Bob Hall to enter negotiations with Ms. Le.
“It is a pleasure working with the City Council and City Staff in my time with Fountain Valley. I am excited to expand my role with the City and work with the City Council to deliver their priorities and policies for the community of Fountain Valley,” said Ms. Le. “City Hall works hard everyday for our residents and businesses, and I am thankful for the trust the City Council has placed in me to fill this important position.”
Ms. Le joined the City of Fountain Valley in December 2015 as Assistant to the City Manager. She briefly served as the Interim Director of Human Resources in 2017-2018, then was promoted to Deputy City Manager in March 2021. Ms. Le has worked with the citizens and business communities throughout Fountain Valley with a primary focus on economic development. She has over 20 years of experience working in local government, six of those years with management-level experience. Her prior city experiences include Santa Ana, Brea, Buena Park, Placentia, and Chino. Ms. Le holds a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton and Bachelors of Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
For additional information, please call the City Manager’s Office at 714-593-4410 or visit our website at www.FountainValley.org.