STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti and Council President Wesson on the Appointment of Rich Llewellyn as Interim City Administrative Officer

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Rich Llewellyn as interim City Administrative Officer, as the City searches for a permanent successor to outgoing CAO Miguel Santana. Llewellyn will start in the position on February 1.

"Today, I am appointing Rich Llewellyn as interim City Administrative Officer. During such an important budget season, it's critical that we keep our momentum going with a fair and objective leader in this position who won’t back down from a challenge, and who has the experience to navigate the highly complex fiscal landscape of our City — I can’t think of anyone who fits that description better than Rich.

“Rich has spent decades working for numerous public officials in a variety of roles — building budgets, managing public finances, and finding creative solutions to our most difficult problems. As we conduct a search for our next permanent CAO, I know Rich will develop the budget we need, deliver on the promise of Prop. HHH, keep our bid for the 2024 Olympics on track, and continue moving us closer to the other key priorities of the City Council and this administration in the coming year.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

"We are pleased the Mayor is committed to a national search to fill the vacancy of City Administrative Officer, which the City Council will be an active participant. Rich's experience in local government and his intimate knowledge of the City's finances will be valuable as we begin the budget process." — City Council President Herb Wesson