New Leaders Join the City of Watsonville


The City of Watsonville recently filled two of its critical management positions. Matt Huffaker was named Assistant City Manager and David Honda was sworn in as the new Police Chief. These two new City officials have joined our City in an unprecedented period of investment and growth.

Huffaker brings a passion for finding new and innovative ways that local governments can better serve their communities. He has a decade of experience in council, intergovernmental relations, economic development, budget, capitol project planning, policy development, strategic planning, workforce development, safety and risk management. Before joining the City of Watsonville, Huffaker served as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Walnut Creek.

“Watsonville is such a dynamic community with a rich history and a big heart,” Huffaker said. “I’m thrilled to join a city that sets such a high bar.”

Police Chief David Honda comes to Watsonville after working 25 years in law enforcement. His experience spans across virtually every aspect of policing including: administration, patrol, special operations, robbery unit, training division, police academy, SWAT team, among other roles. Most recently he served as Police Captain for the City of San Jose. “I love this city,” Honda said. “It’s rich in its diversity and its resilience is beyond comparison. To be effective, we need to lean on our greatest asset — and that asset is the community in which we serve. I promise to always continue to strengthen that relationship.”

Both Huffaker and Honda have already spent a tremendous amount of time and energy working to make Watsonville a better place to live, work and play. They are truly committed to building a stronger community.

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