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Palos Verdes Estates Welcomes City Manager and Interim Police Chief

Post Date:05/22/2020 2:30 PM

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Palos Verdes Estates Welcomes City Manager and Interim Police Chief


City Moves Forward, Looks to the Future During COVID-19 Pandemic


PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA, May 12, 2020 – The City of Palos Verdes Estates is pleased to welcome Laura K. Guglielmo as city manager and Daniel Dreiling as interim police chief of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department. Filling these two critical leadership roles was a priority for the City, as it is now well-positioned to address a variety of financial and public safety challenges — including those not-yet-known that may result from the COVID-19 pandemic.


“City government is naturally cyclical, and the City of Palos Verdes Estates is in a transition phase now. This gives elected officials, leadership and staff a tremendous opportunity to provide new perspectives, fresh ideas and a critical look at how we can make an already great city even better,” said Mayor David McGowan. “It’s amazing and heartening to see all the hard work that continues during this unprecedented time when so much around us has stopped due to the coronavirus.”


Guglielmo is a life-long public servant. A Rancho Palos Verdes resident, she has spent the last 25 years providing management and fiscal oversight to the City of Los Angeles. Since 2015, she has served as the executive officer of the City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department, managing 750 people and an annual operating budget of more than $300 million. Prior to that, she was the assistant general manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Fire and Police Pensions, managing $15 billion in fund assets and administering the retirement and health benefits for 25,000 active and retired pension members and their beneficiaries. Laura also served as a senior administrative analyst for the City of Los Angeles Office of the City Administrative Officer, where she advised the mayor and City Council on the development and implementation of the City’s $7 billion annual budget.


“Laura brings an in-depth understanding of revenue streams, economic sensibilities and long-term planning that our city needs right now as we begin to tackle issues like infrastructure, pension obligations and fiscal sustainability,” McGowan said. “She is a forward-thinking, decisive decision maker.”


“I’ve spent my entire career in local government but I’ve never been able to put my skills and ability to work for my own community,” Guglielmo said. “I’m excited to bring my experience and service ‘home’ and help find solutions for the unique needs and challenges facing the community I’ve chosen to live in for the last 18 years.” She starts the new position on June 15.


Dreiling returns to the City after retiring in 2013 as police chief. Dreiling served as a police officer for the Department for more than 30 years before his retirement. He will work closely with elected officials and staff to help navigate budget and staff shortages, as well as any fallout from the current health crisis. Importantly, Dreiling will steer forward the Department’s much-needed effort to develop long-range goals and examine opportunities for greater efficiency, service levels and sustainability.


“I am truly honored to return to the department I love and the community I hold in high esteem,” Dreiling said.


“We are thrilled Chief Dreiling agreed to return to our City. His dedication, knowledge and leadership will prove valuable as we focus on ways to create a stronger police department,” McGowan added.


The City is planning a virtual town hall to give residents the opportunity to meet Guglielmo and Dreiling and ask questions. Look for information coming soon.




The City of Palos Verdes Estates was incorporated in 1939. One of four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the City is 4.8 square miles and has a population of more than 13,500.