Diamond Bar Gets New City Manager

By Cecilia Arrellano
Diamond Bar – At its regular meeting of June 6, the City Council unanimously approved appointing Dan Fox as Diamond Bar’s next city manager effective July 10.
Fox’s appointment culminates a comprehensive recruitment and selection process that began in January, soon after James DeStefano announced his plan to retire in July after having worked 26 years for City of Diamond Bar in various capacities, including the last 11 as city manager.
The recruitment period ran from February 1 through March 12 and yielded 67 applications. Diamond Bar Mayor Jimmy Lin said he felt confident that the recruitment process had led to the best candidate being selected for the city manager position.
“It was a well-organized process that drew many highly-qualified candidates. However, after narrowing the pool to applicants from several dozen to just a handful, Dan Fox was the clear and obvious choice,” Lin said. “Dan’s professional background, years of local government management experience, and wealth of knowledge in a number of areas, particularly in economic and community development, will be an asset to our organization and make him an effective leader to continue steering our city in a positive direction” he added.
Fox has a background in community development with more than 30+ years of experience serving local agencies, including more than 19 years working for city governments with a “contract services” model similar to Diamond Bar. “I am honored to have been selected as the next city manager for the City of Diamond Bar and look forward to working with the City Council, City staff, residents and businesses to help this great community celebrate its roots and build a thriving future,” said Fox.
Since December 2009, he has worked for City Laguna Niguel initially as community development director and most recently as assistant city manager. Prior to Laguna Niguel, he worked for the neighboring City of Walnut as community development director from 2004 to 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in urban and regional planning from Cal Poly Pomona. When Fox assumes his post on July 10, he will become Diamond Bar’s fifth manager since its incorporation in April 1989.