At its meeting on May 9, 2023, the Palos Verdes Estates City Council unanimously appointed Elaine Jeng, P.E. to serve as City Manager. Ms. Jeng replaces Mark Prestwich, who resigned earlier this year to pursue another opportunity.

“Elaine’s 25 years of professional experience, her established relationships with our neighboring cities on the peninsula, and her proven track record in securing grant funding made her the standout candidate for the position of City Manager,” said Mayor Jim Roos. “During our selection process, we focused on identifying a leader who would challenge the status quo, provide leadership and continuity for our City staff, and drive a customer-service oriented culture. Elaine exhibited these traits and more. The City Council is extremely pleased to have been able to recruit such a leader, and we look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Jeng has served as the City Manager of the City of Rolling Hills since 2018. Her experience at Rolling Hills has allowed her to develop relationships with local leaders and neighboring agencies and familiarity with the Palos Verdes Peninsula and its unique issues and characteristics. Ms. Jeng holds a BS in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA, and is also a certified Professional Engineer. Prior to her current role as City Manager, Ms. Jeng served as the Director of Public Works for the City of El Monte. During her tenure, she provided strategic oversight for the delivery of capital improvement projects, residential services, and maintenance programs, among other responsibilities.

“I am excited to embark on this new journey as the City Manager of Palos Verdes Estates,” said Jeng. “I am eager to collaborate with engaged residents, dedicated city staff, and results oriented elected officials to advance the city’s aspirations and targets. I want to thank the City Council for entrusting me with this important role. Together, I hope we can bolster public trust, and serve the community to meet its needs.”

Ms. Jeng will start with the City on July 10, 2023.

Please direct all questions relative to the above to:


Mayor Jim Roos

City of Palos Verdes Estates


Carol Cowley, Interim City Clerk

City of Palos Verdes Estates