| Assistant City Manager recognized by the League of California Cities


The City of Santa Clarita is proud to announce that Deputy City Manager Frank Oviedo has received the 2021 John H. Nail Memorial Award from the League of California Cities. This distinguished award recognizes each year an outstanding city deputy who has made a significant contribution to the government of their city and to the advancement of the community as a whole. The award was presented in Oviedo by City Manager Ken Striplin during the League of California Cities – City Manager Conference last week in Monterey.

“Frank is the embodiment of what this prestigious award recognizes,” said City Manager Ken Striplin. “Throughout his tenure with the City of Santa Clarita, he has encouraged innovation, led landmark projects, and been a dedicated and effective mentor to city staff. He takes pride in professionally developing staff members to prepare them for future leadership roles in our organization. »

With over 23 years of local government experience, Mr. Oviedo has led major projects and initiatives for the City of Santa Clarita. During the pandemic, he has focused on creating new recreational opportunities for the public to provide safe and active opportunities. He oversaw the creation of Santa Clarita’s Trek Bike Park and led the negotiations to purchase, renovate and rename the former ice station, now known as The Cube.

Mr. Oviedo has served as Deputy City Manager of Santa Clarita since 2013. This is his second stint with the city, serving the community here from 1997 to 2002, before being named Deputy City Manager of Elk Grove. While there, he directly supervised the public works, planning, finance, and human resources departments while supporting the police department. He was instrumental in converting the Sacramento County Sheriff’s contract to the city’s first municipal police department.

Frank left Elk Grove to become Wildomar’s first city manager in 2009. He helped the city council stabilize the city’s finances during the Great Recession of 2009 and developed Wildomar’s first comprehensive economic development plan .

The John H. Nail Memorial Award was established by the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities at the 1978 Spring Annual Conference in honor of a highly valued city manager and individual. For more information, please visit


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