Oceanside’s Assistant City Manager is Moving Up

Oceanside has promoted its assistant city manager to the chief administrator position. Pending approval of her contract later this month, Deanna Lorson will take over for outgoing city manager Michelle Skaggs Lawrence, who announced her retirement in July.

“I am honored and humbled that the City Council has selected me as the next city manager,” Lorson told the San Diego Union-Tribune via email.

“I look forward to working with them to lead this city and continue the transformation that is underway,” Lorson added. “I’m excited to work with our talented and dedicated city team to serve our community and to ensure that Oceanside is a great place to live, to work, to do business and to visit now and in the future.”

Before coming to Oceanside, Lorson worked as assistant city manager for Riverside. She has now been with Oceanside for four years.

The city website lists the city manager’s salary at $254,527 plus a monthly $500 car allowance. Lorson’s base salary as an assistant city manager is $209,932 with a $400 monthly car allowance.


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