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, Summer 2021

Summer 2021 - we are seeing our City returning to a more normal life - yet, known unknowns, specifically the variants of the COVID-19 variants and the effects on unvaccinated and vaccinated, are impacting our return. Still, the Monterey Peninsula is full of people enjoying our natural beauty and our iconic destinations including Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, recreational trail, and beaches. 

Monterey’s Sports Center is - once again - open seven days a week. Many of our residents have returned to enjoy workouts or to play as a family in the pools or gymnasium. Our team in Parks and Recreation has reopened Scholze Senior Center, which will offer programming for our older demographic. Our summer program has been completed and many of Monerey’s children were participating in sold out programs held throughout town. Our Library is open.

Here is the bottom line of our Finances: The reopening of our facilities was only made possible by the infusion of $6.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, a measure passed by Democrats in Congress in March 2021. While the $6.5 million covers just about 20% of our COVID-19 losses of more than $32 million, we were able to bring back employees to help us staff the Sports Center, Library, Conference Center and recreation centers. Our budget also restored previously unfunded positions in our Police Department, Public Works and in our Housing division.

Over the next 12 months our City’s revenues, specifically hotel, sales and property taxes, need to increase by $6.5m just to ensure that we can continue the service levels we restored this year through the help of the American Rescue Plan. The course of the pandemic will decide if we can achieve this goal of maintaining services - being vaccinated is one way of ensuring that our communities can return to a post-pandemic new normal. 

Yet, as we are putting together this City Focus, we are seeing California’s infection rates increase. The message to all of us remains - be vigilant and continue to trust science and medical experts. There are no “flip-flops” by our health experts, but conscientious and transparent discussions and adjustments made in a pretty serious battle.

Monterey is ready for a new renaissance. Our employees are here to help and serve you. Please take a moment and enjoy reading our City Focus. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out to me personally at uslar@monterey.org or call me at (831) 646-3760. Have a safe summer!


Message from the City Manager, January 2019

"California’s “First” City is your home - a unique and special place filled with neighbors who care. We all know and appreciate Monterey’s past, present, and future. As City Manager and a resident of Monterey, each day I strive to make Monterey more special, more energetic, and a great place to live and work. Our City staff shares my passion. We are here to make things happen. Our City team is about creating and maintaining win-win situations for our residents, businesses and visitors. We are effective at finding the right balance that promotes the best for everyone."

"How do we make it happen? Our City employees find solutions and figure out ways to say “yes” instead of “no”; our approach is to be open to new ideas and suggestions; we are there to help and to support everyone; we are here to make you successful. We all care!"

"I invite you to be part of the City of Monterey’s extended team and help us plan Monterey’s future. You are an essential part of what makes Monterey a regional leader in quality of life. In terms of raising a family, providing business opportunities, preserving our beautiful and important environmental assets, offering cultural, educational and healthy living outlets, Monterey is the best. Our City offers so many opportunities for everyone! We proudly embrace our leadership role with determination and purpose, and I thank you for your trust, support, and participation."Anda! Forward!

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...