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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 spring 2022 edition of City focus
Our Spring edition of our City Focus is here! Please take a moment to review the numerous articles written by our staff with you, our residents, in mind. We hope you will find them informative. A lot is happening in Monterey! Walking down Alvarado Street, the historic heart of our City and probably one of the last places where you can regularly hang out with locals, you will find new businesses moving in. Established local spots like Rosine's, Old Monterey Café, and Red's Donuts never shut down during the pandemic and helped keep downtown active. ANDA!

While many other hospitality based businesses have returned to normal, here at City Hall we are in the middle of drafting our new budget for the next fiscal year. Yes, our main revenues such as hotel tax, sales tax and property tax have been impressive and we have made good use of those. We replenished our fund for economic uncertainty, we added capital reserves for our Sports Center and Conference Center, and we created a new Sea Level Rise Resiliency fund to name a few of the measures.

But, what is often overlooked, is that our fee based programs in Parks and Recreation, especially our Sports Center, have yet to see our customers return to pre-pandemic levels. Our flagship operation at Monterey's premier fitness facility, our Sports Center, has seen a return of 50% of our customer base.

Our Recreation summer programming will once again offer dozens of program including our popular summer camps. Yet, until we have also reached 2019 program participation levels, the City's finances will need to continue to make up the differences between revenues and operating costs.

So today, I encourage you to take a new look at our programs and decide for yourself if you are willing to return to our Sports Center or our Recreation programs. We solved the Chicken and the Egg problem - we are already there and are waiting for you! As always, thank you for allowing us to serve you. It is our privilege to work for the residents of our great City!

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...