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Carson city manager steps down


City Manager Sharon Landers announced plans to step down from her post on March 1, after almost three years with the City of Carson to retake the helm of her consulting company that works in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

“Carson has benefited tremendously because of Sharon’s leadership,” Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said. “She brought a high level of energy, enthusiasm and expertise to our city. I especially want to thank her for the work she did to improve the city’s financial position. Under Sharon’s leadership we have achieved our first structurally balanced budget in over a decade and created a funding mechanism for the city to pay its unfunded pension liability that is expected to save the city more than $47 million over the next 20 years.”

Landers said that she was especially proud of her role in achieving many quality-of-life improvements for Carson residents.

“I am leaving the City of Carson with a strong leadership team,” said Landers. “I am confident the city will continue to provide high-quality city services.”

Landers helped strengthen the city’s affordable housing portfolio for middle-income families and professionals; better aligned the approval of private development projects with the Council’s vision of the future of Carson; championed increasing investment into the city’s infrastructure to improve street and sidewalk maintenance, updated the City’s technology, including bringing Wi-Fi to City facilities.

“Working with the Disaster Council, Sharon was also involved in the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies including the Dominguez Channel,” said Davis-Holmes. “In addition, she helped shepherd the creation of our landmark Town & Gown Promise with CSU Dominguez Hills; and laid the groundwork with our legislative delegation to secure state and federal earmarks for city projects. Working with Assemblyman Gipson, we now have an additional $6 million for improvements to Carriage Crest Park secured through the State budget.”

Davis-Holmes added: “On behalf of the City Council and the City of Carson, we are grateful for her time with us and wish Sharon all the best.”