Santa Monica’s Interim City Manager to Depart This Spring

Lane Dilg, who has been managing Santa Monica’s affairs since the departure of former city manager Rick Cole, has announced she’s leaving in the spring. Her family is moving out of the area.

“Lane's love of this city, her intellect, and her capacity to inspire hope in our darkest hours are the benchmarks of her leadership," said Mayor Sue Himmelric. "That Lane accepted this position at the city's most desperate moment is a testament to her commitment to public service. She has built a foundation that will allow Santa Monica to thrive in years to come, and I look forward to working with her and the council to establish a thoughtful, deliberate process for the city to identify its next city manager."

Dilg led the City Attorney’s Office prior to her appointment as interim city manager. She is the city’s chief executive officer and Director of Emergency Services, overseeing a budget of $613.6 million.

Santa Monica is now embarking on a search for the next permanent chief executive. Dilg will be assisting with the eventual transition.


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