Mary K. Swink, first female City Manager for the City of Alhambra, announced in January her retirement effective May 1, 2016. Mrs. Swink, who was appointed City Manager in August of 2013, joined Alhambra in 1988 as a Management Assistant with the Public Works Department and worked her way up to a management level, serving in the City Manager’s Office, and then becoming a director of several departments including Community Services, Public Works, Utilities and Development Services. With 35 years of city employment, 28 of which were in Alhambra, Ms. Swink has proven to be an exceptional employee, a dynamic, highly-motivated and effective leader taking on many challenging and successfully-executed assignments.
During her tenure as City Manager, Swink lead the way for the newly constructed Alhambra Place; brought back “Summer Serenade,” a summer concert series in Alhambra Park; oversaw the construction for the $7 million, 307 parking space, Mosaic Parking Structure; assisted in the creation of the Alhambra 5K Pumpkin Run; oversaw the Special Olympics Alhambra Host Town Program; and created the Alhambra Community Coordinating Council.
According to Swink “I feel honored to have served the City of Alhambra along with an outstanding City Council and city staff. Through hard work and dedication, this team has made Alhambra one of the premier cities in the San Gabriel Valley to live, work and play.” As Mrs. Swink enters a new chapter in her life she is looking forward to spending some quality time in retirement with her husband, Dennis, and two children.
Mayor Barbara Messina states “the City Council is grateful for Mary’s leadership and many accomplishments as City Manager. Mary set forth a strong vision of a responsive and accountable government, with foundational principles of customer service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation. Mary has exceeded expectations on this vision and has worked tirelessly to accomplish the Council’s high expectations for this integral position. While the Council will miss her leadership, we wish her a wonderful retirement.”
The City Council hired Bob Murray and Associates, in January, to conduct a statewide search for the next City Manager. During the interim, Mrs. Swink will continue to serve the City on a contract basis until the next City Manager is selected this summer.