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About the City Manager's Office

The City Manager's Office carries out all City policies by supervising and coordinating City departments, by preparing and presenting to the City Council the annual budget, by coordinating the preparation of City Council agendas and by addressing the strategic and policy needs of the Council, City and community. The over-arching goal of this office is to manage the affairs of the City to maximize efficiency, economy and public confidence in local government. The City Manager is hired directly by the City Council. All department heads report to the City Manager except the City Clerk and the City Attorney, both of whom report directly to the City Council.

City Manager David Kiff

City Manager Dave Kiff at City HallDave Kiff (pictured at right) was appointed as Newport Beach City Manager in September 2009.  To read about Dave's work experience and educational background, please click here. He can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 949-644-3001.    

It’s not easy to figure out which department does what, even if you’re a longtime Newport Beach resident.  You can contact us for virtually any City matter if you’d like, and we can navigate that for you.  We always enjoy hearing your perspectives on various issues, too. 

We communicate directly to Newport Beach residents and businesses in several ways.  One is via the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Please like us there or follow us.  Nixle is also a great way to stay updated on important and up-to-the minute traffic happenings.  We write a newsletter to Newport Beach residents and business owners that provides brief updates on City projects and programs or issues that are being addressed.  And usually twice a month we summarize in a readable way what’s up on the City Council’s meeting agenda. If you’d like to receive that e-mail, click here

City Manager's Office Staff

Executive Assistant to the City Manager
Shirley Oborny
949-644-3001 or  

Assistant City Manager
Carol Jacobs
949-644-3002 or  

Administrative Assistant to the Assistant City Manager
Jenny Sudo
949-644-3003 or

Deputy City Manager/Human Resources Director
Terri L. Cassidy, J.D.
949-644-3300 or

Assistant to the City Manager/Information Technology Manager
Rob Houston
949-644-3033 or

Assistant to the City Manager/Public Information Manager
Tara Finnigan, APR
949-644-3035 or

Public Information Specialist
Mary Locey
949-644-3031 or

Trevor Bell
949-644-3056 or

The City Manager's Office is located on the second floor of Bay E at City Hall,
100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660.    
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