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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 2023-24 Annual Operating City manager Budget Message
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Message from the City Manager, from the WINTER 2024 edition of City focus

Your Neighborhood Connection

Dear Friends of Monterey, 

The City of Monterey is proud of our sixteen distinct neighborhoods, stretching across the City’s 8.62 square miles, each with their own distinct character and charm. They also each have a neighborhood association - many of which have been active for decades. The associations work as independent organizations, and are not organized like official city boards, commissions, or committees. Neighborhood association leaders play a key role in community-building.  They provide valuable input to elected officials, City staff and the City's Neighborhood Community Improvement Program (NCIP). Often, the level of resident participation in the neighborhood associations correlates with their effectiveness. Neighborhood presidents work hard as volunteers to increase membership and meet the needs of their neighbors. They want to hear from their neighbors - how they feel about where they live, what are their concerns, and ideas for improvements.    

Today I want to encourage you to check out your neighborhood association. Who are these resident advocate volunteers? How can you participate, meet more of your neighbors, and make your neighborhood the best it can be? Please take a moment to check the current list of neighborhood associations and their contact emails at on the City’s website under the Residents tab. 

There's also a map of neighborhoods for reference. Together, the City Council and City staff, and the independent neighborhood associations managed by volunteers, can find ways of meeting resident needs and keep Monterey a wonderful place to live. 

         Hans Uslar 

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 websites, government access TV station, and social media channels. Staff produce online newsletters, community surveys, videos, and serve as the Public Information Office in the event of an emergency. Learn more...