Kristine Ridge

Kristine serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Santa Ana under the policy direction of the City Council and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. Santa Ana is a full-service city and Kristine is responsible for an approximately $670 million annual budget and overseeing City departments in various specialized industries including over 1,200 full-time employees and another 300 seasonal or fixed-term employees.

Kristine has a 30-year distinguished public service career. Prior to serving the City of Santa Ana, Kristine was the City Manager for the City of Laguna Niguel, where she oversees all aspects of a municipal government with an emphasis on prudent fiscal practices and customer service. Prior to that, she spent 24 years holding multiple executive level positions in the City of Anaheim, where she demonstrated success in managing complex programs, extensive understanding of fiscal management, ability to manage large projects, and commitment to transparent government and continuous improvement. Additionally, as Assistant City Manager, Kristine was responsible for coordination of many municipal initiatives and serving as a liaison for all major developments while overseeing strategic planning.

Kristine began her career as a financial auditor and CPA. She possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and is a past recipient of the Emery E. Olson Achievement Ward in Public Administration. Very active in the community, Kristine serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the County of Orange’s Commission to End Homelessness, Anaheim Boys and Girls Club, and Orange County Credit Union’s Advisory Committee.

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