Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen announced he will retire effective May 2, the 10th anniversary of his starting the job.

Thorsen was the driving force behind the purchase of City Hall, the reconstruction of the Malibu Library, and numerous public works and clean water projects, according to Malibu Mayor Laura Rosenthal.

Thorsen oversaw three major park projects — Legacy Park, which garnered Malibu a dozen awards, Trancas Canyon Park, which was awarded the 2011 “Best Park” by the American Public Works Association; and Las Flores Creek Park, which was completed this month., Rosenthal said.

“Of everything we have been able to accomplish, I have to say that I am most proud of the professional staff,” Thorsen said Monday.

“In the end, City Hall is a service organization, and our ability to accomplish the council’s goals is dependent on the teamwork of city staff. I have been lucky to have great staff to work with.”

Thorsen’s retirement announcement comes less than two months before the 25th anniversary of Malibu’s incorporation.

“As we take stock of all the accomplishments of the city, we will find Jim’s fingerprints on so many,” Rosenthal said.

“The city owes him a real debt of gratitude for his professionalism and tireless efforts on behalf of our residents. Personally, for me and the entire council, Jim has been a tremendous leader, making our jobs so much easier.”

—Staff and wire reports

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