Deanna Lorson was appointed Oceanside City Manager in October, 2019. As City Manager, she is responsible for implementing decisions established by the Oceanside City Council and coordinating those efforts through various City departments.
Oceanside is a full-service city with a population of approximately 178,000. City departments include Police, Fire, Development Services, Water Utilities, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Library, Human Resources and Financial Services. Deanna provides leadership and oversight for all departments in delivering services to the community.
Prior to her appointment as City Manager, Deanna was Assistant City Manager for the City of Oceanside and led the City’s economic development team. She oversaw the Development Services, Water Utilities and Public Works Departments, as well as the Economic Development and Information Technology divisions.
Prior to joining the City of Oceanside in February, 2016, Deanna served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Riverside, where she led a variety of City Departments, primarily focused on economic development. Before becoming Assistant City Manager in 2011, Deanna served as Development Director for the City of Riverside for two years, directing redevelopment; economic development & marketing; housing & neighborhoods; arts & culture; real property services; and capital projects.
Deanna has thirty years of local government experience, beginning as an intern with the City of Redlands while a student at the University of Redlands. Upon graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and International Relations, she went to work for the City of Corona Planning Department. In 1994, Deanna joined the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (EDA). During her fifteen years at EDA, Deanna held a variety of positions including serving as Managing Director from 2007 to 2009. As Managing Director, Deanna was responsible for daily operation of all of EDA’s programs including economic development & marketing, redevelopment, community services, workforce development, aviation, housing, fair, museum, finance and administration.
Deanna holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino where she sat on the Program Advisory Board and served as an adjunct professor. Deanna lives in Oceanside with her husband and two teenage daughters.