Santa Monica Official Picked to Run Malibu
By Jorge Casuso
May 31 -- Katie Lichtig, who as an assistant to the City Manager
administered Santa Monica's capital budget and coordinated the recovery
efforts after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, is going up the coast to
become assistant city manager in Malibu effective June 11.
"There are complex issues that Malibu faces," said Lichtig, who for the past nine years has been Santa Monica's assistant to the City Manager for Management Services. "Having had to help Santa Monica manage things like disaster relief and meeting public expectations will be helpful."
Malibu, which has a population of 13,000 and a large influx of summer visitors, has close ties to Santa Monica. Incorporated in 1991, it belongs to the same school district and shares similar issues, although on a much smaller scale.
Among the issues identified in the City's posting for the job are zoning, the land use permitting process, water quality and storm water management, traffic congestion, commercial development and community facilities planning.
Lichtig said she hopes to be given the chance to permanently fill post.
"It's still up in the air, but I'm hopeful that they'll consider the contributions I'm making and come to that conclusion," Lichtig said.
The previous city manager made a base salary of $113,300, according to the job posting.
Like Santa Monica, Malibu has a strong city manager form of government. Its five member City Council sets general policy, but the task of running the City falls to the city manager.
Lichtig, who joined the City of Santa Monica in 1992, has, among other charges, developed and administered the City's capital budget, coordinated earthquake recovery, managed policy documents for the City Council and implemented the City's performance measurement program.
Lichtig began her career in public service almost 17 years ago. After being named a Presidential Management Intern she served an internship at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Lichtig's subsequent Federal career included assignments with the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Education.
Lichtig received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
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