The city of Sunnyvale announced Thursday that Kent Steffens has been selected as its new city manager.

Steffens has been serving as interim city manager since October, when Deanna Santana left Sunnyvale to become Santa Clara’s city manager. The city said in a statement that Steffens was chosen after a national recruitment effort, which included inviting business and community leaders to interview him.

“Kent’s familiarity with the city organization, collaborative management style and proven track record on significant projects for Sunnyvale made him an ideal choice,” said Mayor Glenn Hendricks in the statement.

Steffens’ appointment is pending the City Council’s approval of his employment agreement, which is expected to be considered during a public meeting next month.

Steffens joined the city of Sunnyvale in 2011 as director of public works. He was appointed assistant city manager in September 2014 to oversee special projects such as the modernization of the civic center.

He has more than 30 years of experience with public agencies, including the cities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Foster City.

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