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Temecula City Manager Announces Retirement Plans

After more than 20 years of working for the City of Temecula, including 12 plus years as City Manager,

Shawn Nelson has announced his intension to retire from the City of Temecula. His last day as City

Manager will be December 31, 2011.


Shawn Nelson began his career with the City of Temecula as the first Director of Community Services on

October 1, 1990.     As a new City with only one park, Nelson was tasked with the responsibility of

developing a sustainable and thriving parks, recreation, and community services system. Today, the

residents of Temecula enjoy 39 parks and hundreds of successful recreation programs and community

special events that help to define the City’s small town feel and family oriented community.


Mayor Ron Roberts, a 19-year City Council veteran stated, “Shawn Nelson is the finest City Manager I have ever worked with. His fiscal conservative nature and aggressive approach to dealing with community issues has positioned the City to be successful for the next decade and beyond. We wish Shawn and his family the very best as he begins the next chapter in his life.”


Nelson praised the current and past City Councils by stating, “I believe the secret to Temecula’s success

is the progressive, stable and visionary leadership of our City Council, as well as previous Councils since

incorporation. I truly believe that with our strong, experienced City Council and our outstanding City

leadership team, Temecula’s best days are ahead of us.”