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Justin Hess, City Manager

Justin has been with the City of Burbank for more than 20 years, beginning his public service as an intern in City Planning. Since then, he has held many positions including Assistant City Manager, Financial Services Director, Management Services Director and Community Development Director.

As the City Manager, he serves as Chief Executive Officer - directing the operations of the City based on the policies set by the City Council.  He oversees a full-service city made up of 15 departments - roughly 1,500 employees combined.

He is a long-time member of the International City/County Management Association, Vice President of the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) and a member of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California.  Justin also serves as President of the Cal Cities City Managers Department.  He was recently presented with the highly regarded "City Manager of the Year" award by CCMF for his exemplary service.

Justin earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a graduate of the Executive Master of Leadership Program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Terms & Contact Information

Current Terms of Office
2019 - Present

Office of the City Manager, City Hall 
275 E. Olive Avenue
P.O. Box 6459
Burbank, CA 91510-6459

Contact Information
Phone: (818) 238-5800
Fax: (818) 238-5804
Email: [email protected]