La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is quick to point out that City Council members drive decision-making and he's quick to give his staff the credit for jobs well-done. But legacies — even quiet ones — aren't built to be ignored.
In June the San Dimas native became the longest-serving city manager in La Cañada's history — the first to hold the city's top post for a solid decade, and that on top of 15 additional years working for the city. Alexander took his first administrative staff position here in 1988, when he was 23 years old, and worked his way up through a variety of posts under three previous city managers.
Alexander isn't much for talking about himself. Perhaps the one exception to his understated persona is his zeal for the University of Southern California, where he earned his master's degree in public administration. Scattered throughout his City Hall office are no less than three dozen items of USC memorabilia — pens, clocks, notepads, photos, paperweights and various other items, many of them gifts, weave a tapestry of cardinal and gold.