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David M. Morgan, City of Anaheim's Chief Executive, to Retire in June
ANAHEIM, CA - (March 25, 2009) - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today announced that Anaheim City Manager David M. Morgan will retire in June concluding more than 35 years of city service, the last eight of which he served as the chief executive for California’s tenth largest city.  Anaheim is the oldest and largest city in Orange County covering 50 square miles, with nearly 345,000 residents and 3,200 City employees.

"Dave Morgan has served the City of Anaheim with the highest degree of integrity throughout his tenure," said Mayor Pringle.  "As our City Manager, Dave has led by example and fostered an environment where local values and exciting opportunities could flourish.  His stewardship of our public resources will enhance the quality of life for Anaheim’s residents and visitors for years to come."

Morgan was appointed to the position of City Manager in December 2001 after serving as Anaheim’s Assistant City Manager since 1993, and prior as Director of Human Resources.  As City Manager, Morgan coordinates a full range of municipal services ranging from public safety, public utilities, transportation, growth management, and social activities designed to enhance the Anaheim experience for residents, businesses and visitors.  Morgan is responsible for implementation of the policies of the Anaheim Mayor and City Council, the oversight of the City’s $1.4 billion budget and monitoring the City’s five-year $500 million capital improvement budget.

He has played a lead role in the renaissance of Anaheim over the past decade. Working with the Mayor and City Council, he has overseen efforts for a new General Plan that provided for a historic Downtown area as well as development and renovation projects including the Anaheim Resort Area, Anaheim GardenWalk, Mountain Park Specific Plan, Platinum Triangle, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.  New community facilities, including the Haskett Branch and East Anaheim Branch Libraries, West Anaheim Police and Youth Center, East Anaheim Gymnasium and Youth Center and the Anaheim Family Justice Center, as well as the addition of new fire stations, electrical substations and water reservoirs, were completed under his guidance.  During his tenure, he oversaw the complete renovation of the Anaheim Convention Center Arena and the acquisition of The Grove of Anaheim.  He led the negotiations to restructure the management agreement at the Honda Center, resulting in a $100 million reduction in debt on the building, as well as the local ownership of the Anaheim Ducks.  He also oversaw the construction of a new clubhouse at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course and worked to help establish the Tiger Woods Learning Center at the City’s Dad Miller Golf Course.

Starting his career with the City in 1974, Morgan has worked in various City assignments including Budget and Audit, Information Services, Intergovernmental Relations, Strategic Planning, and Golf and Stadium field operations.

Morgan, a long-time resident of Anaheim, earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  He was also a member of the "Leadership for the 21st Century" program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Morgan is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International City/County Management Association and California City Management Foundation.  Additionally, he has served the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the West Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim Family YMCA and Anaheim Memorial Medical Center.  He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach.

The City Manager is one of four positions that report directly to the Anaheim City Council in accordance with the City’s charter.  The Anaheim City Council will be discussing future recruitment plans at the next regularly scheduled council meeting, to be held on March 31.


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