No. 3: Ken Striplin

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“Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin manages an incredible staff and an amazing number of resources. His nonstop work on behalf of the city has made this community a better place to live for the last seven years.”

— Richard Budman, Signal Publisher/Owner

City Manager Ken Striplin has led the City of Santa Clarita for seven years, but his work with the city dates back to 1996. Since then, he has led every city department, making it hard to find an area of governance or operations that he hasn’t influenced in some way.

Considering that, it’s hard not to commend his work as the city consistently wins awards for its regional and statewide excellence, and is frequently looked to as a model for how things should be done.

Three of the most important priorities for the city are public safety, great schools and transportation, and under Striplin’s influence, the city is doing well by all metrics in these areas. He has a positive, symbiotic relationship with the public schools. It is easy to see the difference in the city’s transportation system compared with surrounding communities. And as far as public safety goes, the city is consistently ranked nationally among the safest in the country. 

But Striplin’s work continues. While Santa Clarita consistently meets the current needs of its residents, it also works to provide all of the future needs through a 2020 plan that includes a new library, new community center and new Sheriff’s station.

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