City Manager Raul Godinez II
Raul Godinez began serving as City Manager of Santa Ana, California in November 2017, with more than 30 years as an executive manager in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Godinez is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.
From 2015 to 2017 Mr. Godinez served as Director of Public Works/City Engineer with the City of Lynwood (pop. 70k). Previously, he served 2 years as City Manager for the City of El Monte (pop. 115k), 3 ½ years as Executive Director of Public Works for the City of Santa Ana (pop. 327k), and 8 ½ years with the City of Oakland (pop. 400k), leaving as their Public Works Agency Director. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector briefly, and served the City of Los Angeles for over 12 years.
Mr. Godinez has received numerous awards, including a Meritorious Achievement Award by the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works for saving an estimated $500,000 on a $5.4 million project. During National Engineers Week in 1996, Mr. Godinez was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, and was presented an Outstanding Legislator Award by the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists (LACES) during the same week. He was also honored by the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the Public Works Leader of the Year for 2009, and then the prestigious national award by APWA as one of their Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in September 2009. In 2011, he was among the first to be conferred the designation of Public Works Leadership Fellow by the Donald C. Stone Center of APWA.
In addition, Raul Godinez II served on the San Fernando City Council since his election in April 1994 thru December 1998. He was elected Mayor by the City Council in March 1997 where he served until December 1998.
Prior to his election, his community involvement included working with a group of community activists in 1992 to compel the City Council to adopt an ordinance that severely restricted the number of new liquor stores that could open in the City of San Fernando. This ordinance was noteworthy for its use of per capita controls, in addition to the more common distance restrictions.
Raul Godinez II was born and raised in the City of San Fernando, where he attended local schools. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering.