Thaddeus McCormack began his service as Lakewood's city manager on September 5, 2017.
McCormack is a veteran of city government, having risen through the ranks over 19 years at the City of Santa Fe Springs, from an intern to a management analyst, assistant city manager and, from 2011 to 2017, as city manager.
He has played a leadership role in the Gateway region, serving as the chair of the City Managers Committee of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and as the treasurer of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the chair of its City Managers Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Leagues of California Cities City Manager Executive Committee and has served on various issue-related committees for the League and the California Contract Cities Association.
“I am a firm believer that public servants’ duty first and foremost is to serve the public. Everything we do must work toward the end of enhancing the quality of life of the community at large. I am humbled and honored to work with such a dedicated City Council and group of city employees to help keep Lakewood a great place to live and work, with a well-run city government and supportive residents who love living here.”
McCormack is the son of Irish immigrants and grew up in the Whittier area. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a master's degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to his career in local government, McCormack worked in the private sector for a number of years with Xerox Corp. in the customer relations field. He and his wife Eva have three sons.