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New city manager for Lakewood gets started

New city manager for Lakewood gets started

September marks the first month on the job for Lakewood’s new city manager, Thaddeus McCormack. 

McCormack was selected by the Lakewood City Council to replace long-time city manager Howard Chambers, who retired on July 31 after 41 years as Lakewood’s top staff member.

“I’m very cognizant that I’m coming into a well-run city,” said McCormack, “so I’m following the old adage of not fixing anything that’s not broken. I am a firm believer that public servants have a duty to serve the public and enhance the quality of life in our communities. And I look forward to working with our city council and city employees to maintain Lakewood’s tradition of delivering top-notch city services to our residents.”

Photo above:  In his first day on the job, McCormack (center) had a hot dog and pizza lunch with city employees and toured city facilities and departments.

At McCormack’s first city council meeting on September 12, Mayor Diane DuBois officially welcomed him on behalf of the city council and residents of Lakewood saying, “Thaddeus has big shoes to fill, of course, taking over after the retirement of our long-time city manager Howard Chambers. But Thaddeus is well known and admired in city government throughout our area from his 19 years working for the City of Santa Fe Springs, including his six years as city manager there.

“He’s also taken a leadership role in regional organizations such as the Gateway Cities Council of Governments,” said DuBois. “He impressed our city council very much during our selection process this summer, and we are very pleased that he accepted our offer to become Lakewood’s new city manager.”

McCormack 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. He has been married to his wife, Eva, for 17 years, and is the father of three boys.