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Thomas J. Wood Appointed Anaheim City Manager
ANAHEIM, CA - (July 21, 2009) - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle announced today the official appointment of Thomas J. Wood to the position of Anaheim City Manager. Wood, who has an extensive background in public policy administration, management and experience, becomes the chief administrator for Orange County's oldest city, covering 50 square miles with nearly 349,000 residents and 3,200 City employees. He will be responsible for implementation of the Anaheim Mayor and City Council's policies, the oversight of the City's $1.3 billion budget and monitoring the City's five-year $523 million capital improvement plan. Wood served as Anaheim's Assistant City Manager for the past nine years and as the City's Deputy City Manager for the ten years prior. The Anaheim City Council unanimously approved Wood's appointment at today's city council meeting.

"The City of Anaheim is fortunate to have a talented administrator who holds extensive experience and has had widespread involvement in many of the City's initiatives," said Mayor Curt Pringle. "Tom's diverse management practice and resume of proven success made him the Council's top choice."

During his tenure with the City of Anaheim, Wood has been responsible for overall City operations, and has led complex negotiations with the most notable being the revitalization of one of the City's economic cores; the Anaheim Resort, including the expansion of the Disneyland Resort. Wood has also implemented several of Anaheim's technology initiatives including Anaheim's 311 service, Anaheim Anytime - the City's virtual 24/7 customer service center, and Anaheim Alert - the City's community notification system.

Wood has more than 30 years of municipal management experience which has focused on land use, infrastructure, economic development, crisis management, and organizational development issues which have resulted in the renewal of neighborhoods, balanced budgets and coordinated public safety efforts. In addition to his service to the City of Anaheim, Wood has served as Director of Public Works and Transportation for the city of Pasadena and has held various management positions with the city of Long Beach related to neighborhood/housing development, budget and risk management and public services.

Wood's involvement in the Anaheim/Orange County community is extensive as he currently serves on the boards of the Anaheim Family YMCA, Anaheim/OC Visitor and Convention Bureau, Downtown Property Owners and MetroNet. In addition, he chairs the City's Executive Safety Committee and the Orange County City Manager's Waste Management Committee, and serves on the City/County Management Committee.

Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Wood has also served as Adjunct Faculty with the School of Public Policy and Administration 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. Wood succeeds David M. Morgan who retired this past June.


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ABOUT ANAHEIM – The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.

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