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Posted on: January 7, 2019

Karen Pinkos Selected to Lead El Cerrito as its New City Manager


Karen Pinkos Selected to Lead El Cerrito as its New City Manager

El Cerrito, Calif. – The El Cerrito City Council is very pleased to announce the promotion of Karen Pinkos to the position of City Manager.

Ms. Pinkos’ local government career began over 20 years ago, when she accepted the position of Assistant to the City Manager in Oak Park, Michigan, which she held until September 2001. She served as Assistant to the City Manager in El Cerrito for five years before being named Assistant City Manager in July 2006.

“I remain committed to the mission of El Cerrito and will work diligently to implement our strategic goals. I will continue to serve this wonderful community to the best of my ability, to be responsive and creative, provide steady leadership, and to enthusiastically guide our staff” said Ms. Pinkos.

This past September, Ms. Pinkos was installed as the president of the International City/County Manager’s Association (ICMA). ICMA’s president leads the organization’s board and executive director to establish the organization’s direction, oversee its management, represent it to state and national associations of local government managers, and maintain relationships among affiliate organizations.  She is the fourth woman to serve as president of ICMA in its 105-year history!

Ms. Pinkos earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from Oakland University. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and earned a certificate from the University of California Berkeley.

Ms. Pinkos’ contract was approved by City Council in November and she officially began her duties as City Manager on December 26, 2018. Ms. Pinkos is honored, humbled, and excited to continue serving the local government profession and the residents of El Cerrito.


Maya Williams
Assistant to the City Manager
City of El Cerrito
(510) 105-4318

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