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February 16, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mayor Mark Lewis announced that the El Cajon City Council voted unanimously to select Douglas Williford as its new City Manager.  The selection follows a thorough nationwide search in which 64 candidates applied for the position.  Williford currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments.  He has past experience working in the City of El Cajon’s Planning Department, as well as similar positions with the City of Santee and the City of Irvine.
“The City Council and I were highly impressed with Doug’s leadership skills, pro-development experience, knowledge and insight into the key issues facing the city of El Cajon, and expertise in economic development,” stated Mayor Lewis.  “Throughout his career in the public sector, Doug has built an extensive record of substantial accomplishments.  We are honored to have a person of his caliber as our new City Manager and are confident he will provide the City of El Cajon with outstanding leadership for many years to come.”
“I am grateful for this unique opportunity and look forward to returning to El Cajon to work with the City Council, City staff, and the community in moving El Cajon forward in an exciting direction,” stated Williford.  He will begin his new job on March 22, 2012.
With more than 30 years in local government, Williford has served in increasingly responsible positions at various agencies.  During his time in Santee, he served as Deputy City Manager/Development Services Director and was a driving force in that city’s economic development and capital improvement programs.
Williford obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Urban & Environmental Geography from San Diego State University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.  He will be paid a base salary of $219,500 per year.
A new state law, AB 1344 effective January 1, 2012, requires that the compensation of executive officers of local agencies be discussed at regularly scheduled meetings of the agencies.  Accordingly, the City Council has reviewed and approved the employment contract with Williford at its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.


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