City Manager's Biography

Oliver C. Chi
City Manager


Oliver began his service to Irvine as the community’s sixth city manager in December 2021.  Prior to his current role, he held a variety of management and staff positions with the cities of Huntington Beach, Monrovia, Barstow, Rosemead, Claremont, and Arcadia.  He also spent a period of time working for a member of the California State Legislature.
A fervent believer in the notion that healthy, people-focused organizations can make inspired transformational change, Oliver has dedicated his professional career to helping build better communities through improved municipal operations. He has extensive experience across a range of disciplines and has helped lead the development of innovative local government programs, performance management initiatives, operational process improvements, teambuilding efforts, and strategic planning activities.
Oliver is married to his college sweetheart, Bobbie Jo, and together, they are proud parents to two children, Ian and Avery.
November 9, 2021 Press Release - Irvine City Council names Oliver Chi as new City Manager
City Manager Employer Agreement here.