Edward C. Starr, City Manager
The City Manager serves as the appointed chief executive officer of the City of Montclair, is responsible for the efficient and effective administration and daily operation of each City function, makes policy and procedural recommendations to an elected Mayor and City Council, keeps the Mayor and City Council apprised in a timely manner on key issues and matters related to City business, responds to the needs of the community, and enforces all municipal laws and regulations for the benefit of the community. The City Manager takes direction from the Mayor and City Council to implement their vision and policies for the Montclair community. The City Manager represents the City on legislative matters at the state and federal government levels, works with other agencies on regional issues, and makes recommendations related to employment issues, service programs and service delivery.
City Manager Edward C. Starr has served the Montclair community since February 1984, and was appointed City Manager effective July 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Mr. Starr served as Deputy City Manager/Administrative Services Director with operational responsibility for Finance Services, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Solid Waste Services, Administrative Services, Animal Control, City Clerk and Records Management, Information Technology Services, and Management Services.
When appointed City Manager, Mr. Starr and his management team were tasked by the Mayor and City Council to address and reverse the adverse fiscal impacts of the Great Recession on City revenues and programs. Together, with Finance Director Donald L. Parker, CPA, the effort and cooperation of City employees and the City Council’s partnership and policy skills, Montclair avoided much of the financial turmoil haunting other municipal agencies and emerged in the aftermath of the Great Recession as a fiscally stable community ready to embark on a number of projects designed to reshape the community’s landscape. Today, Montclair is a vibrant community, a three-time recipient of the prestigious League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award, and a town recognized by the local media as one of the region’s best-managed communities.
To implement the City Council’s total vision for a community renaissance, City Manager Starr is committed to continuing a transformation of Montclair’s infrastructure. Following the state’s elimination of community redevelopment agencies, the City Council accepted City Manager Starr and his management team’s recommendation to establish a separate economic development program to continue activities of the former Montclair Redevelopment Agency. Through creative use of bonds, grants, and directed revenue sources Montclair continues to work with developers to attract businesses to the community and embark on significant infrastructure improvements throughout the City.
City Manager Starr is also a regional advocate for delivery of Gold Line light rail service to the Montclair Transcenter. Developing funding for construction of the Gold Line to the Transcenter has become a mission-critical assignment necessary for successful implementation of the public transit/TOD components of the North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan.
Prior to working for the City of Montclair, Mr. Starr served in the United States Air Force (USAF). His duty commands included assignment to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency (formerly the USAF Security Service) as a Radio Communications Intercept Analyst and Electronic Warfare Analyst, with a primary mission to provide ISR support to include cyber/cryptographic analysis in support of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service. Mr.Starr was also assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing under the Air Combat Command as an Air Traffic Controller. The Wing was host to the nation’s fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft assigned to collect intelligence essential to decisions critical to national defense. For his role in intelligence analysis, Mr. Starr was recognized as a USAF distinguished Airman.
Mr. Starr graduated summa cum laude from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science; he later received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the same university. Mr. Starr is a member of several professional associations, served eight years as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Pomona, and has served on various boards representing the education, medical and history disciplines.