City of McFarlandThe McFarland City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Diego Viramontes as the new city manager, effective March 1, 2024. This decision comes after a comprehensive and competitive search, demonstrating the Council’s confidence in Mr. Viramontes’ ability to lead McFarland into a future filled with promise and progress.

Diego Viramontes brings to the role a rich tapestry of professional expertise and personal commitment to the McFarland community. Born and raised in the neighboring town of Delano to immigrant parents from Mexico, Diego’s journey is one of resilience, dedication and an unwavering commitment to public service. His roots in Kern County have instilled in him a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within communities like McFarland, especially for low-income and disadvantaged populations.

A proud alumnus of Cesar E. Chavez High School in Delano and California State University, Northridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, Mr. Viramontes is also a Certified Public Accountant, accredited by the California Board of Accountancy. His professional journey has been marked by a steadfast dedication to enhancing the financial health and sustainability of local governments, ensuring they serve the needs of their communities effectively and equitably.

Prior to his new role, Diego served as the finance director for the City of McFarland, where he was instrumental in improving financial management practices, fostering transparency and championing fiscal strategies that cater to the needs of all community members. His leadership in finance and accounting has not only strengthened McFarland’s financial foundation but also reflected his deep commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.

Diego’s life beyond his professional achievements is driven by values that resonate deeply with the McFarland community. A devoted husband and father, his approach to leadership is grounded in faith, family and a genuine desire to build strong, supportive networks that uplift every resident. It is this blend of professional acumen and personal integrity that makes Mr. Viramontes the ideal candidate to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for McFarland.

As city manager, Diego Viramontes is committed to leading with transparency, empathy and a collaborative spirit. His vision for McFarland is one of growth, resilience and unity, ensuring the City not only thrives economically but also fosters a community where everyone feels heard, supported and inspired.

Please join us in welcoming Diego Viramontes as McFarland’s new city manager. We look forward to a bright and prosperous future for our City under his new leadership.