April 23, 2021

City of Desert Hot Springs Appoints City Manager

Staff & Wire Reports

The Desert Hot Springs City Council has promoted Luke Rainey to the position of City Manager effective April 26, 2021.

Mr. Rainey started his career with the City of Desert Hot Springs in 2007 as the IT Manager. Since that time, he has accumulated experience via several management roles, including, HR Manager, Project Manager and most as the recently as the Deputy City Manager.

As Deputy City Manager, Luke established long-term management strategies, collaborated with elected and appointed officials, provided leadership to Staff and direct oversight to the City Clerk, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments. He also serves as the City’s representative on the Cabot Museum’s Board of Directors. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Financial Management.

Luke shares the outgoing City Manager’s vision for creating a customer friendly City Hall. He believes this is achieved by encouraging a learning environment and ensuring staff members are provided with the necessary tools for success.

Mr. Rainey’s training, education and overall experience with the City of Desert Hot Springs consist of the following:

  • 14+ years with the City of Desert Hot Springs
  • Four years as Deputy City Manager for the City of Desert Hot Springs
  • 20+ years of Management experience
  • Master of Public Administration, Public Financial Mgmt. Concentration – Cal State San Bernardino

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