Aaron France to be Buena Park’s new interim City Manager


After having held the post of director of Buena Park City for eight years, Jim Vanderpool, leaves to occupy the first administrative place with the city of Anaheim.Vanderpool started his career at the Town of Buena Park over 25 years ago in the Public Works Department, and served as Deputy City Manager and Deputy City Manager, before becoming City Manager in 2012. Under his direction, the city has experienced a resurgence of interest. in the business attraction, including the bakery and cafe of Porto and the UNIS Corporation, the development of affordable and market-priced housing, the increase in tourism, the revitalization of Beach Boulevard, the expansion of the automotive center and the construction of two key public infrastructure projects: Fire Station No. 61 and Buena Park Navigation Center.

Buena Park Assistant City Manager Aaron France. Courtesy photo.

“Town leaders are sad to see Vanderpool go, but are happy he hasn’t gone too far,” Mayor Fred Smith said. “He’s helped our city do so many things. You can’t ask for a better city manager. ”

Vanderpool is expected to start with the city of Anaheim in September.

Aaron France, current Assistant City Manager of Buena Park, will assume the role of Interim City Manager from September.

France started her career at the City of Buena Park in 2005, as an Administrative Analyst in the office of the General Manager. He was appointed Assistant City Manager of Vanderpool in 2012, then promoted Deputy City Manager in 2017 then Assistant City Manager in 2018. Currently, France oversees the Economic Development Department, the Purchasing Department, Visit Buena Park and Marketing and social media efforts.

France holds a BA in Communication from California State University Fullerton and an MA in Public Administration. He is a resident of Orange County and the proud parent of two sons, Aaron Jr. and Owen.

This article was published by the City of Buena Park.

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