Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell
Sedell has been city manager for 17 years — longer than any other current city manager in Ventura County. He will retire effective July 6 after spending 40 years in the public sector, including three years as chief of staff for Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, in the late 1980s.
From Rep. Elton Gallegly’s press release:
U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties) issued the following statement on today’s announcement by Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell that he will retire effective July 6.
“Mike and I have worked together for 33 years. He was Simi Valley’s deputy city manager under then-City Manager Lin Koester when I was first elected to the City Council. When I was elected to Congress, he came to Washington, D.C., to be my first chief of staff. After several years in Washington, he returned to Simi Valley as Assistant City Manager, becoming City Manager in 1995.
“Mike and I are not just professional associates. We are personal friends and have continued to be personal friends in the 17 years since he left my employ. Not a week goes by that we don’t connect to discuss a federal issue, or a local issue, or our respective families.
“Mike has spent a lifetime in public service at the federal and local level. He has steered the city through many difficult times with great success. My wife, Janice, and I wish Mike and his wife, Judie, well in retirement.”
I have known Mike for decades, and I, too, wish him a well-deserved retirement!