Thomas E. Robinson joined the La Mirada staff as Community Resources Manager in 1985 and served as Community Services Director from 2001 until the time of his appointment as Acting City Manager in August 2008. Mr. Robinson was appointed City Manager in September 2008. He began his career in municipal government in 1972, and performed administrative duties for the cities of Cerritos and Commerce.
As Community Services Director, Mr. Robinson was responsible for a budget of approximately $7,200,000. He directed all parks and recreation programs and facilities, social service programs, communications activities and transportation services. Robinson was instrumental in the development of the City’s Community Services Master Plan and the Social Services Model Plan. He was actively involved in the development of the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.
He has also administered a variety of other City programs during his tenure with the City of La Mirada. These programs include: code enforcement, community development projects, housing, franchise administration, intergovernmental relations, public information, public safety, redevelopment, risk management, solid waste management and special projects.
Robinson has been recognized by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). The award recognizes exceptional service and career achievement by public communicators.
Robinson holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach.
He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and a member and former president of the Rotary Club of La Mirada.