Oliver Chi named new city manager of Monrovia

Congratulations to our friend Oliver Chi, who was named as Monrovia’s new city manager at the city council’s Sept. 16 meeting.

Before taking over the top job in Monrovia, Chi was assistant city manager of Barstow. He has also worked for the communities of Rosemead, Claremont, and Arcadia. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Oliver as the newest member of Team Monrovia,” said Mayor Mary Ann Lutz.  “This is an exciting time in our City’s history and we feel very confident in his experience, professionalism, and the level of energy that he will bring to the team,”

During his career, Chi has served in numerous leadership positions for a variety of local government related associations.  In 2004, he was elected president of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California.  He has also been a board member for the California City Management Foundation, assisted the Cal-ICMA Preparing the Next Generation initiative, and participated in the Alliance for Innovation. 

“Monrovia is a dynamic community with an iconic history and a reputation for innovation that is known throughout the State,” said Chi.  “I am honored to be a part of such a fantastic City, and I look forward to working with the mayor, City Council, staff, and community to help shape a bright and vibrant future.”

Chi, an Eagle Scout, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. 

Fran Delach, a retired City Manager from the City of Azusa, has been serving as Monrovia’s Interim City Manager since October 2013, following the retirement of  Laurie Lile.