Indian Wells Announces a New City Manager

The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously at the City Council meeting on May 2 to appoint Chris Freeland as the new City Manager. He will assume office on May 13, 2019.

For the last 18 years, Freeland has been serving the community of West Covina. During his tenure, he held various roles including Management Analyst II, Community Development Commission Director, Community Services Director, Acting Director of Human Resources, Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager. He served as City Manager of West Covina since 2015.

“Indian Wells is a beautiful community with a positive reputation across California. I appreciate the trust the Council has placed in me to fill this important role,” Freeland said. “I’m fortunate to join such a talented City team and look forward to building upon the many successes already accomplished by the Council and staff.”

Mayor Ted J. Mertens explained it was Freeland’s significant experience in all areas of local government and direct experience working with residents that were factors in the decision to hire him. Additionally, Freeland has a strong background in development projects that enhance an overall community.

“We found a City Manager with a track record of innovative work in the community he served for more than 18 years,” said Mayor Ted J. Mertens. “He is a respected public servant who will bring a tremendous amount of skill and transparency to the City Manager position.”

 Freeland earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in civil engineering and political science from Cal Poly Pomona and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State University, Long Beach. 

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