MALIBU—Last week City Manager Reva Feldman was awarded the City Manager of the Year Award by the California City Managers Foundation of Malibu. The award ceremony was held in San Diego during the League of California Cities City Managers Department annual conference.
Feldman is the President-Elect of the City Managers Department where she supervises over 480 city managers throughout the state of California, as noted in a press release from the city of Malibu.
The recipient of the award is selected by a vote from the foundation board members. The award represents the city of Malibu’s high professional standards, management, effective policy, and legislation.
“I am proud of our City Manager for receiving this recognition from a professional association of peers consisting of several hundred city managers from across the state,” said Malibu Mayor Jefferson Wagner. “The City of Malibu has a long record of recognitions and awards for both the City organization and the staff that works every day to serve the community. Awards like this underscore the City’s widespread credibility and reputation for good management.”
The City Managers Foundation recognized Feldman’s contributions to her community and profession. Her most recent achievement was leading the city of Malibu’s emergency response team during and after last year’s Woolsey Fires. The Woolsey Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Malibu and burned nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
She was awarded partially due to her efforts to provide mutual aid to the city of Santa Rosa in 2017 during The Tubbs wildfires. In 2017, she served as EOC Director in Santa Rosa’s Emergency Operations Center. Her position as director allowed her to provide urgent relief to the city’s EOC staff. The Tubbs Fires took at least 22 lives and by the time of its’ containment in October of 2017 burned 36,810 acres.
Feldman has been serving the city of Malibu since 2005 starting as Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director before being appointed to her current position in 2016. She was responsible for the growth of the City’s General Fund. She has helped the city of Malibu develop public and private partnerships. She was responsible for the remodel of Malibu’s first city hall building and oversaw a major renovation of the city’s library which were both nationally recognized as capital improvement projects.
“Reva is one of the strongest and hardest working city managers I know,” said CCMF President Wade McKinney. “Not only did she help organize this year’s League City Managers conference, she is returning to serve on the CCMF Board. She was one of the first to reach out to Santa Rosa of her own accord and assist their Emergency Operations Center during the Tubbs Fire. She is an excellent example for the Malibu community about how to address emergencies and disasters. We are very lucky to count her as one of our allies when it comes to pursuing excellence in the city management profession.”