Interim City Manager Selected for Sunnyvale

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – On Tuesday, September 12, the Sunnyvale City Council announced their selection of Assistant City Manager Kent Steffens as the City’s Interim City Manager to replace departing City Manager Deanna J. Santana whose last day with the City will be October 1.

Steffens has more than 30 years of experience with public agencies including four Bay Area cities – Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Foster City. In addition to serving as department head responsible for public works, he has completed interim assignments as City Manager and Assistant City Manager. He also worked as a Senior Engineer for a Bay Area utility district and Construction Manager for the US Navy.

Steffens joined the City of Sunnyvale in 2011 as Director of Public Works where he oversaw the City’s capital improvement program, real estate services, transportation planning, and the maintenance of City parks, golf courses, trees, streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, buildings and vehicles. He was appointed as Assistant City Manager in September 2014 to oversee special projects that benefited from his public works experience, including the modernization plans for the Civic Center Campus and main Library.

The City is in the process of hiring a recruitment firm to manage a national recruitment process for a permanent city manager and plans to conduct interviews in November and December 2017. Community and business leaders will have an opportunity to apply to serve on the interview panel for the new city manager. Applications will be available online at by early October.

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