The Lakewood City Council has chosen Thaddeus McCormack, currently the city manager of Santa Fe Springs, to be the new city manager for Lakewood.
Pictured above: Thaddeus McCormack (at right) met with Howard Chambers at Lakewood City Hall on July 24, 2017. Chambers presented McCormack with a mug saying “Keep Calm: You Live In Lakewood.”
McCormack, 50, is a veteran of city government, having risen through the ranks over 19 years at the City of Santa Fe Springs, from a part-time intern to a management analyst, assistant city manager and, since 2011, as city manager.
“It was a daunting task trying to find a replacement for Howard Chambers, our amazing city manager for 41 years, but we have achieved success,” said Mayor Diane DuBois. “The City Council held interviews with a number of top candidates, and Thaddeus McCormack impressed us greatly. We believe he will be a good fit for Lakewood and for continuing our tradition of top-quality service for our residents.”
“I’m honored and excited to come to work for Lakewood,” said McCormack. “Lakewood has a great reputation for having a well-run city government and for being a family-friendly community with supportive residents who love living here. I’m looking forward to contributing in every way I can to keep Lakewood a great place to live and work.”
McCormack’s exact starting date with Lakewood is being worked out, but will likely be in the early fall. Long-time Lakewood City Manager Howard Chambers retired on July 31. Assistant City Manager Carol Flynn-Jacoby will serve as acting city manager during the interim period.
“Thaddeus spent a day with me here at City Hall,” said Chambers, “getting a briefing on the city and meeting with staff. He’s smart, has a good sense of humor (always a plus) and has an excellent grasp of the issues facing cities like Lakewood. I got a very good feeling from him, and I think he will fit in well here. I look forward to continuing to be a resource for him to help with a smooth transition.”
McCormack is the son of Irish immigrants and grew up in the Whittier area. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a master's degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to his career in local government, McCormack worked in the private sector for a number of years with Xerox Corp. in the customer relations field.
McCormack has played a leadership role in the Gateway region, serving as the chair of the City Managers Committee of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and as a member and treasurer of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments City Managers Steering Committee. He has been married to his wife, Eva, for 17 years, and is the father of three boys.