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Murrieta city manager announces retirement

Kim Summer announced her retirement as the City of Murrieta city manager. Photo provided by the City of Murrieta.

After seven years as the City of Murrieta’s city manager and more than 25 years in local government, Kim Summers has announced her retirement.

Summers will officially retire on January 10, 2025, to assist the city council in selecting her replacement and allow adequate time for transition. Her last city council meeting will be on November 19.

Summers was appointed assistant city manager in 2014 and city manager in 2017. Prior to joining the City of Murrieta, Summers served as deputy city manager and public information officer in the City of Hesperia from 1999 to 2014.

During her tenure, Summers successfully passed a one-cent sales tax measure, ushered the Triangle project to submittal and grading, assisted in the development of the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, recruited a Costco, car dealerships, a Trader Joe’s, and countless economic development initiatives.

“Being a city manager is a challenging but rewarding vocation, and I have been blessed to serve in two great cities, working with amazing people, but all things must end,” Summers said. “It has been a great honor to lead this organization, assemble the finest executive team anywhere, and strive to improve the work lives of almost 500 employees, all while keeping the community safe, beautiful, and thriving. Now it’s time for me to give the next generation of public servants a chance to lead this amazing place.”

Summers is an International City/County Manager Association credentialed city manager and holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications. She was awarded Woman of the Year for the 67th Assembly District in 2021, and the California State Women’s Caucus Award for Woman of the Year, which recognizes a remarkable leader from each Senate and Assembly District.

In addition, Summers was awarded the California State Ethical Hero Award from Cal-ICMA in 2021, the 2022 Top Administrator Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the 2023 MMASC Presidents Award. In October, Summers will be recognized by ICMA for 25 years of service in local government.

“Murrieta, thank you for allowing me to serve as your City Manager; it has been the adventure of a lifetime,” Summers said.

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