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City of Torrance Sadly Announces the Passing of Former Assistant City Manager Mary Giordano

Post Date:10/03/2019

Torrance, Calif., October 3, 2019– Torrance City Manager LeRoy J. Jackson sadly announces the death of previous Torrance Assistant City Manager, Mary Giordano who passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  She was 73.

Known for her sweet southern drawl, Mary began her career with the City of Torrance on May 18, 1987 as the Finance Director.  She came with an extensive financial background, having previously served as Controller for the City of Long Beach and Audit Manager for Price Waterhouse.  She became an expert in the City’s financial processes and conducted numerous audits on citywide systems that led to improvements in internal controls and applied excellent long-range strategies towards safeguarding the City assets.Mary Giordano

After eight years of outstanding performance, Mary became the Assistant City Manager on May 1, 1995.  Her calm demeanor and aptitude for forward thinking led to maximizing the efficiency and functionality of the City Manager’s office.  Mary’s commitment to excellence was reflected in her strong operational knowledge and the multitude of projects she managed on a daily basis.

Mary’s consistent and wise direction helped to accomplish many noteworthy projects that she spearheaded through design, funding, construction, project management and renovation.  She oversaw the development and update of the City’s Strategic Plan; Del Amo Fashion Center renovation; led the effort to lease land for the Toyota Sports Complex, purchase of the future Transit Center site and expansion of Fire Station 1; and negotiated land use for the expansion of South Bay Lexus onto Airport property.

Mary was a gifted leader with a sincere desire to serve.  Her high level of leadership, enthusiasm and dedication promoted steady influence on the various City Teams she chaired. She mentored numerous management staff over the past three decades, helping them to grow.  Her professional and warm interactions with City staff and the public established strong working relationships with other cities and agencies.  She served as a Board Member of the Salvation Army and the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.  Mary distinguished herself through the quality of her work and character, upholding a personal and professional commitment to excellence that inspired those around her and provided the City with a wealth of resources that will endure for years to come.

Mary retired from City employment on January 31, 2018 after 30 years of service. She is survived by her beloved husband Jim Specht; their children Eddie and Mattie; son Chris Giordano, daughter-in-law Angelique, and grandson Luca; Chris’ father Gerald Giordano; and sister Fran Murray, of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mary has left a significant footprint on the City and in this community.  She had a style and grace that truly let one know her caring was genuine.  Mary will be remembered for her generosity, loyalty, spirit of heart and willingness to help others.  She will be deeply missed by all that had the privilege of knowing her.

A remembrance of Mary’s life will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, 2 p.m., at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Toyota Meeting Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the City of Torrance, Office of the City Manager, for establishment of the Mary Giordano Leadership Development Scholarship Fund, to continue her legacy of mentoring future public servants.

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