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City Manager

The City Manager serves as the professional administrator of the City and is responsible for coordinating all day-to-day operations and administration. Duties include personnel and labor relations, the preparation and administration of the City budget, inter-governmental relations and organizing and implementing the City Council's policies. The City Manager is hired by the City Council and serves as the Council's chief adviser. The City Manager appoints a professional staff to help manage the organization.

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Executive Management team:
  • City Manager
  • City Attorney
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Community Development Director
  • Finance Director
  • Fire Chief
  • Human Resources Director
  • Library Director
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Police Chief
  • Public Works Director

Meet the City Manager, Hans Uslar

CM-Hans-Uslar-2019Web - CopyMr. Uslar began his career with the City of Monterey in 1997 as a management analyst and was promoted through the Plans and Public Works Department.  He became Assistant Director of Plans and Public Works in 2008, and Deputy City Manager/Plans and Public Works in 2012.

He played a key role in the Presidio of Monterey base operations contract, known as the Monterey Model, a benchmark for public-public partnerships since its start in 1998. He was named Assistant City Manager in 2014 and recently served as the City’s Interim City Manager.

Mr. Uslar’s previous experience includes serving as Project Manager at the Institute for Strategies and Studies in Waldbroel, Germany; Assistant Chief of Branch, Naval Policies and Strategies, Department of Defense, in Bonn, Germany; and Commanding Officer of the German Navy’s ship “Hermelin”, Kiel, Germany.

He holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Educational Theory from Bundeswehr University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Master of Science (MS) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Management.

Mr. Uslar is a member of the International City Manager’s Association and the Association of Defense Communities.

He lives in Monterey with his wife and they have a son, Ben, who lives and works in Monterey.

Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Operating City manager Budget Message
See the full budget document on the finance pages

Message from the City Manager, from the WINTER 2023 edition of City focus

Tackling the Housing Challenge

Welcome to 2023!  

The new year came with three weeks of relentless rain and storms – so-called atmospheric rivers. Our crews in Public Safety, Public Works, and Urban Forestry were busy all-around town, often 24/7. Downed trees had to be removed in various locations – most of them in the forested areas in the Skyline neighborhood. Extended power outages tested the patience of many residents and businesses – bringing forward renewed suggestions to demand undergrounding of our utility lines.  

My thanks goes out to our crews. We were prepared for these series of storms. But, my thanks also goes out to you, our residents and non-residents: Measure P/S, our 1% sales tax measure, has been allocating funding to improve, replace and repair our storm drain infrastructures. The work over the past 8 years paid off as we experienced hardly any noteworthy flooding issues.

Why do I thank our non-residents as well? The visitors coming to our town to shop and dine contribute around 62% of our sales tax revenues. As we move into March, we will also be starting our process to put together the budget for the next fiscal year. Another large initiative has started: the 6th Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA) cycle! Our City is tasked to plan for 3,654 new additional housing units. The planning process is mandated by State law and has to be completed by December of this year. Already we have conducted several public outreach workshops. What we have done and what we plan on doing can be all found on our website I encourage all of you to stay involved in this project. Our planning efforts to rezone our neighborhoods for 3,654 additional housing units will be successful. However, what we do know today is, that even with  an imminent implementation of  the Monterey One Water (M1W) expansion project, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District will not be able to provide enough water to allow the actual construction of those housing units in Monterey. Addressing this challenge will be a major goal for all of us. 

Thank you for you continued support. Our staff is proud to work for you. Please enjoy this edition of our City Focus! ANDA! 

Communications and Outreach

The Communications and Outreach Office is a division of the City Manager's Office, and provides strategic communications, community engagement programs and media relations for the City of Monterey. The office manages the City's website, government access TV station, social media sites, and emergency radio station. Staff produce online newsletters, community surveys, videos, and serve as the Public Information Office in the event of an emergency. Learn more...