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City Manager

The City Manager serves as the professional administrator of the City and is responsible for coordinating all day-to-day operations and administration. Duties include personnel and labor relations, the preparation and administration of the City budget, inter-governmental relations and organizing and implementing the City Council's policies. The City Manager is hired by the City Council and serves as the Council's chief adviser. The City Manager appoints a professional staff to help manage the organization.

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Executive Management team:
  • City Manager
  • City Attorney
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Community Development Director
  • Finance Director
  • Fire Chief
  • Human Resources Director
  • Library Director
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Police Chief
  • Public Works Director

Meet the City Manager, Hans Uslar

CM-Hans-Uslar-2019Web - CopyMr. Uslar began his career with the City of Monterey in 1997 as a management analyst and was promoted through the Plans and Public Works Department.  He became Assistant Director of Plans and Public Works in 2008, and Deputy City Manager/Plans and Public Works in 2012.

He played a key role in the Presidio of Monterey base operations contract, known as the Monterey Model, a benchmark for public-public partnerships since its start in 1998. He was named Assistant City Manager in 2014 and recently served as the City’s Interim City Manager.

Mr. Uslar’s previous experience includes serving as Project Manager at the Institute for Strategies and Studies in Waldbroel, Germany; Assistant Chief of Branch, Naval Policies and Strategies, Department of Defense, in Bonn, Germany; and Commanding Officer of the German Navy’s ship “Hermelin”, Kiel, Germany.

He holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Educational Theory from Bundeswehr University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Master of Science (MS) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Management.

Mr. Uslar is a member of the International City Manager’s Association and the Association of Defense Communities.

He lives in Monterey with his wife and they have a son, Ben, who lives and works in Monterey.

Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Operating City manager Budget Message
See the full budget document on the finance pages

Message from the City Manager, from the summer 2022 edition of City focus

A local look at diversity

First, a Reprint from City Focus, Summer 2000 edition:  "Diversity a Source of Community Strength"  
"Take a close look at Monterey. There is more here than first meets the eye ... " 
"Yes, we are a world-class visitor destination, and the visitor industry does fuel much of the local economy. At the same time, our area has emerged as a prominent center for research and higher education activity, and our institutions of study in language, international business and environmental sciences are among the finest in the world. In fact, Monterey is widely accepted as the Language Capital of the World. The people that make up our community are as diverse as our economy. If you look closely at our citizens, you will find people from all walks of life, a broad range of incomes and a rich mix of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We have a number of distinctive residential and commercial neighborhoods, each with its own special flavor. All in all, Monterey truly reflects the enormous demographic changes taking place in our State and Nation. Most of the time our diversity serves as a source of strength and is a major contributor to the success that Monterey enjoys. At times, however, our diversity can cause tension and friction and can even lead to acts of violence. As we work on a variety of issues dealing with safety, our schools, our economy and the future form of our City, it is important to remember to take pride in our community's diversity and use it as a source of  strength to help resolve community issues and concerns. There is no question this will help keep Monterey the truly great place that it is. "

These wise words were published in our City Focus back in the summer of  2000. They are still relevant to our City, our neighborhoods, and our City organization. As we approach the first district-based elections in November of this year, I encourage all of us to remember that the formation of districts has very little to do with representation of neighborhood-centric issues. Instead, a district-based election process is all about diversity, equity and inclusion, as they ensure that the ability of minority groups to elect representatives of their choice is not impaired as a result of vote dilution.  

Enjoy your summer. Go out and play and reflect in our many parks and/or on our beaches. When you do, spend a minute or so to think about our City’s future. What do you foresee? How can you participate to help make a positive impact? Maybe, you will find the courage and time to volunteer for one of the many positions on our Boards and Commissions. Thank you for allowing us to work with you. ANDA!

Communications and Outreach

The Communications and Outreach Office is a division of the City Manager's Office, and provides strategic communications, community engagement programs and media relations for the City of Monterey. The office manages the City's website, government access TV station, social media sites, and emergency radio station. Staff produce online newsletters, community surveys, videos, and serve as the Public Information Office in the event of an emergency. Learn more...