Santa Clarita Hires New Assistant City Manager
New City Manager Ken Striplin announced his new Assistant City Manager, bringing a familiar face back to City Hall with the hiring of Frank Oviedo who worked for the City from 1997-2002.
Oviedo is currently the city manager for the City of Wildomar, California where he has worked since 2009. Prior to that, he was the Deputy City Manager for the City of Elk Grove, California from 2002-2009, where he also worked as the assistant to the city manager.
“Frank is bringing us 15 years of experience in city government with a number of successes. During his career, he has worked in every city department in three cities, with a steady progression of management responsibilities in local government. He will be a great fit for Santa Clarita,” commented Ken Striplin.
While in Santa Clarita, Oviedo worked as a management analyst for the parks and recreation department, as well as serving as interim parks superintendent and as a management analyst in the City’s finance department. As Deputy City Manager and assistant to the City Manager in Elk Grove, he worked on the city’s budget, as well as with human resources, the police department, led various contract negotiations including complex trash and transit contracts, and with the City’s old town revitalization project.
Oviedo has both administrative and development services oversight experience, developing Wildomar’s first comprehensive economic development work plan and creating policies encouraging economic growth by creatively “phasing commercial projects in order to jump start pre-recession approved plans. Also in Wildomar, he implemented a new finance accounting system for better accountability and long term financial health.
“I am very excited to be returning to Santa Clarita. The leadership in Santa Clarita is well-known for excellence and innovation; Santa Clarita is absolutely a leader in the State—the City everyone wants to emulate for its successes,” said Frank Oviedo.
Frank Oviedo earned a Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He is a member of the International City/County Manager Association, the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and the Government Finance Officers Association. He is married with two children and enjoys marathon running, trail running, sea kayaking and international travel.