BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council selected George Chavez as the new City Manager for BH. Chavez, 56, currently works as the Assistant City Manager and will take over the role from Mahdi Aluzri who is retiring in May 2019.

“George is a man of exceptional character who demonstrates an unmatched level of commitment and dedication to Beverly Hills,” said Mayor Julian Gold.  “I know I speak for the entire Council when I say it will be our privilege to work alongside him as we serve one of the world’s greatest cities.”

In a press release from the city of Beverly Hills, Chavez will be responsible for developing policies to present to the Beverly Hills City Council and supervising the nine city departments.

“When I began my career in Beverly Hills more than 30 years ago, I never imagined this day would come,” said Chavez.  “Every day, my work is based on the foundation of providing the highest level of service to this community. For a city that has given so much to me and my family, I am humbled to be asked to continue to serve.”

Chavez started his career with Beverly Hills in 1988 as a Building Inspector and worked in a variety of positions including Assistant Director of Community Development/City Building Official and Director of Public Works before being named Assistant City Manager in 2016.  He received the City’s Fred C. Cunningham Award for Distinguished Service. He will focus on executing the priorities of the Mayor and City Council, ensure strong community relations, and look after the long-term health of the organization through succession planning and employee development.

The city council will formally appoint George Chavez at an upcoming meeting and will begin the search for a new Assistant City Manager in the coming months.