City of Garden Grove

ANNUAL SALARY: $181,068 – $267,516 (3.5% COLA in July 2024)

APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: February 26, 2024, 5:00 p.m.


Garden Grove was founded in 1874 and formally incorporated on June 18, 1956. The City of Garden Grove is located in central Orange County, approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The City is the 5th largest city in Orange County and the 31st largest in the State of California. Garden Grove is vibrantly progressive and culturally diverse, spanning nearly 18 square miles in Orange County, California. 

The City is a general-law, full-service city with a Council-Manager form of government, which includes a Mayor elected at-large and six City Council members elected by districts for four-year staggered terms. The City Manager, Lisa Kim, was appointed in February 2023 to oversee City operations with an annual budget of $382 million and a staff of over 700 employees, who deliver quality municipal services to more than 172,000 residents.


The Assistant City Manager works with the City Manager in the development and control of the operational goals and objectives for all City Departments.  The incumbent oversees the implementation of department programs and plans long-range strategic goals to implement City Council initiatives that meet the needs of the City and community.

The ideal candidate will be politically astute and able to work with a diverse population within the community and City Hall.  As someone who will constantly interact with the community and City Council, the candidate must be personable and approachable, and influential and engaging, and someone who can think strategically and forecast changes in the political and social environment.  This candidate must have the capability and experience to lead others in implementing changes towards City and community goals.  

This is a great opportunity for the perfect candidate to play a pivotal role in shaping key initiatives that will contribute greatly to the City’s future.  Key priorities include the development of the new state-of-the-art Police Department Headquarters; expansion of the Garden Grove Resort District; formulation of a master plan for the Civic Center area to connect placemaking efforts with Historic Main Street, City Hall, GEM Theater, Garden AMP Steelcraft, and Cottage Industries; advance the Central Cities Navigation Center; and maintain partnerships with Be Well OC and the CalOptima Street Medicine Program.


Experience: Seven (7) years of administrative experience in local government, five (5) of which must be in an executive management capacity with experience in budget administration, public works, capital projects, long-range planning, project administration, economic development, and/or automated management information systems.  Previous public sector experience in the Office of a City or County Manager or as a department director is highly desirable.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, planning, engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.


For more information and to submit an online application, visit the City of Garden Grove’s website:

Application Filing Deadline: February 26, 2024, 5:00 p.m.  

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 4-7, 2024.

Download the recruitment brochure:

For questions or inquiries, please contact Liane Kwan at or (714) 741-5011.