After conducting a nationwide search, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council has chosen a former local resident, Daniel Jordan, to serve as the seventh city manager, effective June 14.
Jordan will take over the role from retiring City Manager Mark Alexander, whose last day will be June 13, the city said in a statement on Wednesday.
Jordan returns to LCF after previously serving as the city’s finance director for nine years, leaving in 2017 to assume the director of finance position for the city of Westlake Village. He has served as city manager for the city of Duarte for the past three years, where he focused on restructuring and improving operations to increase financial reserves, creating organizational efficiencies by implementing new information flows and procedures and initiating long-range planning processes, including the city’s first Five-Year General Fund Projection and first Five-Year Capital Improvement Program.
“Daniel not only has firsthand experience in our community, but he also brings a proven track record in local government and is an experienced leader that will build upon our successes and help us navigate through future challenges,” said Mayor Keith Eich. “His strengths in financial management, team building and operational efficiencies will allow us to continue to lead our city into a positive future for residents and businesses alike.”
Jordan’s impressive career is matched with an impressive educational background. Holding a master’s and a doctorate’s degree in Public Policy and Political Science from Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics and a bachelor’s from UC Irvine, Jordan additionally earned a certificate in Government Accounting from the University of Georgia and an award in Business Studies, emphasizing finance and accounting from UCLA. He has conducted training seminars for the League of California Cities and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and has published articles in trade magazines and academic journals.
A local of the San Gabriel Valley area, Jordan’s current and previous community activities include serving as a director on the boards of both St. Francis High School and the Pasadena Southwest Little League. His longstanding ties to the La Cañada Flintridge community began in the 1980s when he attended St. Francis High School and in the 1990s when he completed a one-year internship at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall. These connections have continued to the present day as all three of his sons have attended LCF schools.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the next City Manager for La Cañada Flintridge,” said Jordan. “I have so many personal and professional ties to this community and am looking forward to working with the residents, City Council, businesses and staff to enhance and preserve the area’s unique character and the quality of life. This is a special place and I feel very lucky to be a part of the La Cañada Flintridge team again.”
First published in the May 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.