Ken Domer was appointed City Manager by the City Council on June 19, 2017 and began work on July 24, 2017. Ken was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach where he was chosen through a competitive recruitment to the position to oversee departments including Public Works, Community Development, Human Resources, Library Services, Information Services, and Business Development. While at Huntington Beach, Ken helped negotiate on behalf of the City with its eight bargaining units, directed the organizational review of multiple departments, and was a major proponent of increasing transparency in labor negotiations and openness in government. His other north Orange County experience was when he served as the Assistant City Administrator for the City of Placentia from December, 2008 to October, 2013. Ken started his city management experience as the City Manager and City Clerk for the City of Villa Park, having been appointed to that position in May, 2005.
Prior to his City management experience, Ken worked for the County of Orange for ten years in various positions to include various management roles at the Housing & Community Development Department, Social Services Agency, and as an Executive Assistant to the 5th District Supervisor. During the years 2003 to 2005, Ken served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Orange where he resides. Ken started his professional career after graduating from the University of Southern California by serving on the personal staff of Governor Pete Wilson in 1991 and he held various positions to include the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Los Angeles office and Special Assistant at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Ken holds a Masters in Public Administration from USC (1997), and recently completed the Municipal Financial Management Program sponsored in part by the California City Manager’s Foundation.