City Manager

John Gillison, City Manager

John Gillison was appointed as City Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga effective September 1, 2011.  He served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga since 2009.  Prior to taking over the position as Assistant City Manager, John was the Deputy City Manager for the Administrative Services Department, which includes the Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management, Geographic Information Services, Special Districts, Purchasing and Information Services functions.  John served in that capacity from 2007 through 2009.

Before coming to the City of Rancho Cucamonga, John enjoyed a fifteen year career in local government, including service in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County as well as the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, worked at four different cities including small, medium and large agencies, both charter and general law, full-service and contract agencies, and was also the City Manager for the City of Sierra Madre for several years.

  • City of Walnut – San Gabriel Valley city located in Los Angeles County, general law, contract services, population 30,000
  • City of Cerritos – South Bay area city located in Los Angeles County, general law, contract services, population 51,000
  • City of Pomona – San Gabriel Valley city located in Los Angeles County, charter city, council districts, full service and contract services, population 163,000
  • City of Sierra Madre – San Gabriel Valley city located in Los Angeles County, general law, full service and contract services, population 12,000

During his years in local government, John has worked in a Finance Department as a Management Analyst, in a Community Development Department as a Management Analyst, and in the City Manager’s Office in three different communities, including as an Administrative Intern, Principal Management Analyst, Deputy City Manager and City Manager.  He has experience in business license, planning and building and safety, redevelopment, parking permits, information services, geographic information services and human resources.  Along the way he has also acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration, both from California State University Fullerton.  John also has a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and is a Licensed California Attorney.