Chris Constantin recently began serving as City Manager for San Dimas, California in Los Angeles County. Previously, he served as the Assistant City Manager and City Auditor for the City of Chico having also served as its Administrative Services Director overseeing Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Risk Management. In Chico, Chris focused on an immediate turnaround and long-term budget planning as Chico was facing imminent bankruptcy. From 2013 through 2020, Chris was instrumental in growing the city’s cash pool from less than $9 million to over $130 million and fully funding reserves for the first time in history.
Chris has served over 24 years in government, include time as the Assistant City Auditor for San Diego, CA and a Senior Auditor for San Jose, CA. In those cities, Chris evaluated city operations to make government more efficient and effective and was also responsible for internal fraud, waste and abuse investigations. In total, Chris found improvements worth over $150 million and won six national audit awards.
Concurrently, he spent 20 years in education as an elected official over two colleges in the Silicon Valley and most recently as a regional accreditor of 135 colleges in California, Hawaii and the Pacific. He currently serves as a volunteer, fully sworn police lieutenant with the City of Hayward, CA, is an active defensive tactics/use of force instructor and served as an adjunct instructor for the National White-Collar Crime Center.
Chris graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S in Industrial and Systems Engineering and from Syracuse University with a Master of Public Administration. Chris is one of a handful of Accredited California Economic Developers, a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner.