City Manager | City Manager | City Manager: Mike Sedell
City of Simi Valley
: City Manager
Mike Sedell was appointed City Manager of the City of Simi Valley on June 9, 1995.
Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Mike had over nineteen years of responsibility with the City Manager's Office, effectively administering City-wide programs including supervision over areas of public affairs, media relations, City Council-staff relations, governmental affairs, labor relations, transit system operations, and elections.
Mike began working in Simi Valley in 1972 as a CSUN intern and has served the City in a variety of assignments since that time.
He worked as the City's Personnel Administrator and Community Services Coordinator, being involved with the Neighborhood Council Program and Youth Services, prior to being asked to become part of the City Manager's office in 1975.
When then-Mayor Elton Gallegly was elected to Congress in 1986, he
to serve as his
Chief-of-Staff in Washington, D.C., and California.
After three years with Congressman Gallegly, commuting between California and Washington, D.C., Mike
made the decision that he
preferred local government to the national scene, and he
came back to Simi Valley as the City's
Assistant City Manager.
When former City
Manager Lin Koester left the City in 1995 to become the Chief Administrative Officer for Ventura County
, the City Council unanimously appointed Mike
as City Manager, a position he
has held since.
In addition to serving as Simi Valley's City Manager, Mike teaches an Intergovernmental Relations Seminar in the Master's Degree program in Public Administration at Cal State Northridge.
contacts developed over the years in both Washington and Sacramento, Mike
is often called upon by Simi Valley, and occasionally other cities, to assist whenever a legislative or intergovernmental crisis occurs.
also works with Sacramento and Washington, D.C. legislators on budget issues affecting Simi Valley as well as other California cities, and he
has been a key player in developing the final funding formula for local agencies, and crafting complex intergovernmental agreements.
Several intergovernmental groups continue to use Mike
as a resource to keep them informed of developments in, and to coordinate a Ventura countywide approach to, Sacramento and Washington, D. C. on broad policy issues.