LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Rich Llewellyn as City Administrative Officer (CAO), a key post responsible for managing the City’s budget and finances, and improving government productivity and efficiency.
“Rich’s integrity, proven leadership skills and wide range of experience in City government give me great confidence that he will be an outstanding CAO,” said Mayor Garcetti. “He will be the strong, independent presence we need to oversee the budget process, and make the tough choices necessary to ensure that Angelenos’ tax dollars are invested wisely and responsibly as we take on new challenges and seize new opportunities.”
The appointment of Llewellyn, who has served as interim CAO since February 2017, follows a national search for a permanent successor to Miguel Santana — who left the post in 2016. Llewellyn’s appointment is subject to City Council confirmation.
The City Administrative Officer reports to both the Mayor and the City Council, and plays a leading role in building and managing the City budget, and negotiating labor contracts. In the coming years, the CAO will play a vital role in ensuring that the City is in position to realize the promise of Prop. HHH and Measures M and H; and that there is a financial foundation in place to put on successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.
“Rich is an excellent choice to be our city’s CAO,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. “It has been a true pleasure to work with both Rich and Matt Szabo over the past few years as we successfully steered Los Angeles through the most challenging budget times in the city’s history. While we’ve accomplished much together, many challenges lie ahead. I’m confident that Rich will do a terrific job serving the people of Los Angeles and I look forward to working closely with him to continue our financial progress.”
Prior to serving as interim CAO, Llewellyn was Counsel to Mayor Garcetti and a member of his Executive Staff. He has previously worked in a variety of public and private sector posts — including as Chief of Staff in two Los Angeles City Council offices, and as Chief Deputy City Attorney.