Artie Fields has been the City Manager for the City of Inglewood since July 2011.
Mr. Fields served as City Manager for the City of Salinas from July 2008 to July 2011. Almost immediately after coming to the City of Salinas, Mr. Fields was tasked with the responsibility of balancing a $13 million budget shortfall resulting from a nationwide recession. Despite these fiscal challenges, Mr. Fields successfully implemented a major reorganization and several streamlining initiatives. Mr. Fields’ support of economic development initiatives in the City contributed to the development of the Salinas Agricultural Industrial Center and to the approval of an Exclusive Negotiating Rights Agreement for a long-awaited mixed use development in Old Town Salinas. Mr. Fields was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in federal and State grants for programs and capital improvements, including $3.5 million for the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant and an unprecedented amount of law enforcement funding and support at the federal and State level.
Mr. Fields served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of West Covina from November 1998 to July 2008. During this period he was responsible assisting with general management of the City, overseeing the local cable TV programming and public relations functions, as well as, and providing support to the City Council on all policy matters. Mr. Fields also served as Interim Finance Director, Interim Human Resources Director, and Interim Community Services Director during his tenor in West Covina.
Throughout his career, Mr. Fields has become known for his ability to work with a variety of non-profit, community based, and business groups to solve problems and address issues in the community and City organization. He has also worked extensively on programs involving youth services, community relations, legislative functions, budgeting, and served in leadership roles with numerous special task forces and staff development programs.
Mr. Fields started his career in 1986, working with municipal governments throughout California. In addition to the aforementioned cities, Mr. Fields has worked for the cities of Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Pomona, and San Leandro. In 2002 he was awarded the John H. Nail Memorial Award, presented annually to an outstanding municipal assistant who has contributed significantly to his/her city government and the advancement of the community as a whole.
Mr. Fields is a current member of the International City Manager's Association (ICMA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and a Life Member of San Gabriel Valley NAACP. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a San Gabriel Valley native having grown up in La Puente. He currently resides in Los Angeles.