George Caravalho, First City Manager of Santa Clarita, Passes Away

The first person to ever serve as city manager of Santa Clarita has died. George Caravalho was 81 years old.

Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar called Caravalho “the right man at the right time,” adding that “he really helped shape this city into what it is today.” (KHTS)

Mayor Cameron Smyth said he had set a “lasting foundation” for Santa Clarita.

Caravalho worked for the city from 1988, just after its incorporation, until 2002. He headed the Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency from 1984 to 1988. He served on the Board of Directors for the International City Manager’s Association, the American Red Cross, United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, and the League of California Cities where he also chaired the Investigating Our Youth Task Force.

The impacts of Caravalho’s leadership can still be felt in several other California cities. Before joining Santa Clarita, he had managed San Clemente and Bakersfield. He later served as City Manager for Riverside and Director of Dana Point Harbor in Orange County.

Read more at SCV History and the Santa Clarita Signal.


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