Benjamin Montgomery was appointed as Chino Hills’ fifth City Manager in April of 2019. His municipal career has spanned over 28 years, including 13 years in a management role at the City of Chino Hills. Ben came to the City in January of 2006 as the Neighborhood Services Manager. He transitioned to the City Manager’s Office as Deputy City Manager in 2014, and was promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2017.
As a member of the City’s executive team, Ben served as the Department Director of the City Manager’s Office overseeing Code Enforcement, Human Resources, Community Relations, IT, and Emergency Preparedness. Working directly with the City Manager for the past two years, he has been engaged in every aspect of the City’s annual budget development process. He was selected by City staff as Employee of the Year in 2015 for his work ethic, commitment to the organization, and mentoring of staff.
Ben began his municipal career as a Library Assistant. He gained experience at the Cities of Whittier, Torrance, and Brea. He is active in the municipal management profession having served in leadership roles with the International City/County Management Association, League of California Cities, and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California. Mr. Montgomery has contributed to the Chino Valley Community as a member of the Chino Valley YMCA Board of Managers since 2017, and has served on the West End Family Counseling Services Board of Directors since 2009. He is married and has three children.
Ben has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Economics, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in Finance, and Management and Leadership.