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Ewell Headed to Santa Monica

San Diego City Manager Lamont Ewell, 52, announced his resignation on Nov. 23 to become Santa Monica’s city manager.

Ewell was named city manager in April 2004, and will leave on Nov. 28, following the City Council session. He said he chose that date to give Mayor-elect Jerry Sanders the opportunity to assign a new team to implement his 90-day strategic plan.

As for pending business at City Hall, Ewell said that he has been in touch with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney’s office, and the audit committee “to reaffirm my pledge to assist in any manner they deem necessary to conclude their investigations in the shortest time frame possible.”

In November 2004, voters approved a five-year test of the strong mayor system of government, which will replace the city manager form beginning Jan. 1, 2006. Ewell subsequently announced his plans to step down in June, but had agreed to stay on another six months to help ease the transition, and provide some stability in light of the city’s many financial crises.

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Ewell began his career in 1975 as a firefighter with the city of Compton, eventually serving as deputy fire marshal, deputy fire chief and fire chief. He then served as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and acting city manager in Oakland, and city manager of Durham, N.C.

He has an executive master’s degree in general administration from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

, Pat Broderick

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