After an extensive recruitment and interviewing many excellent candidates, the City of South Pasadena has selected its top candidate—Stephanie DeWolfe—to serve the community as its new City Manager; Ms. DeWolfe’s appointment and employment agreement are scheduled for approval at the Regular City Council Meeting of September 20, 2017. After interviewing several candidates provided through the recruitment firm of Peckham & McKenney, the City Council unanimously selected Stephanie DeWolfe, who will assume the post effective November 6, 2017.
Ms. DeWolfe (“Stephanie”) has nearly 30 years of experience in city services, particularly in planning, community development and services, and city administration. She has worked in both the Pasadena and West Hollywood City Manager’s Offices in Assistant and Deputy City Manager functions, with outstanding qualifications and references from all past employers. Stephanie has been on a City Manager “track” in her professional career for the past five years, and most recently has been serving the City of West Hollywood as its Deputy City Manager since 2016, where she helped to oversee a staff of 225 employees and a budget of $134 million dollars.
Stephanie intends to fully engage with the community and hit the ground running. “I am excited to be part of team South Pasadena. I have always loved South Pasadena and I am looking forward to spending even more time in this wonderful community.”
West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman spoke highly of Stephanie, describing her as “first rate,” very intelligent and capable with a positive reputation in the community, stating “We hate to lose her.” Similarly, West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo describes Stephanie as “a big picture person, a great communicator, who knows how build consensus in the community,” and with her more than 15 years’ experience in Pasadena, she also “has the regional perspective that will serve South Pasadena well.”
Mayor Michael A. Cacciotti, on behalf of the entire City Council stated, “I am very excited about hiring Ms. DeWolfe. She brings to our city the optimum combination of experience and leadership qualities. South Pasadena is very fortunate that she has agreed to serve our community.”