BEVERLY HILLS—Public Works Services Director George Chavez was named as the new Assistant City Manager of Beverly Hills on Thursday,  January 7.

According to a press release from Therese Kosterman, Public Information Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, Chavez, 53, is set to take over the position effective immediately. The position was formally held by Mahdi Aluzri until his appointment as City Manager last year. Chavez will keep his current position until a replacement is officially chosen.

Alzuri released the following statement regarding Chavez’s new position: “George’s leadership and experience has become increasingly valuable to me, our residents and staff over the last few years. He is a dedicated and creative manager whose insight into our community, expert knowledge of our City organization and energy will help Beverly Hills tackle the many challenges ahead.”

Before his appointment as Director of Public Works Services, Chavez held a variety of positions within the Community Development Department, including Assistant Director of Community Development/City Building Official. He has been with the City of Beverly Hills for over 25 years.

The Public Works Services Department and the Public Works Commission developed the Water Enterprise Plan under Chavez’s leadership. The plan created a long-term strategy to become less dependent on imported water supplies by developing local sources of groundwater for increased reliability and security. Chavez has worked closely with employees to deliver Public Works Services, which exceeds expectations.

“George has long been a terrific asset to Beverly Hills,” said Mayor Julian Gold. “He embodies the City’s core values of service and excellence. The City is in very good hands with our new senior management team.”