Charles E. Pell was elected as Montebello City Treasurer in November 2015. The City Treasurer is elected by the citizens of Montebello every four years at a municipal election in the same manner as members of the City Council. The primary mission of the City Treasurer is the safekeeping of City funds. Under California law, the City Treasurer is the custodian of all public funds belonging to, or under the control of, the City. The City Treasurer is also responsible for the investment of City funds and, with the assistance of staff, manages the City’s cash flow needs. The City Treasurer also acts as the Treasurer for the City’s Successor Agency.
Treasurer Pell is a Montebello native, having been born and raised in Montebello, including graduating from Montebello High School where he lettered in varsity basketball. Treasurer Pell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of La Verne, a Master’s Degree in Education from Whittier College, a Master’s Degree in Economics from USC, and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from USC, where he graduated in the top 10%. Treasurer Pell previously served as a teacher for the Montebello Unified School District. Treasurer Pell also is a military veteran, having honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer. Following graduation from law school, Treasurer Pell served for one year as law clerk to a U.S. District Judge and one year as a law clerk to a U.S. Court of Appeal Judge.
For more than a decade, Treasurer Pell has been a federal criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigates and prosecutes all types of federal criminal violations, including political and law enforcement corruption, tax evasion, theft of public funds, immigration violations, violent crime, and all types of fraud. Most recently, Treasurer Pell received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for his extraordinary efforts in criminal law, in a case where 55 defendants (including an attorney) were charged in a $250,000,000 tax fraud, and where Treasurer Pell tried seven jury trials in a one-year period.
Treasurer Pell’s demonstrated experience and leadership in government, as well as his deep devotion to public service, are significant advantages for the role of City Treasurer as custodian of funds belonging to the City. With a firm commitment to accuracy, transparency, and accountability, Treasurer Pell pledges a fiduciary duty to all Montebello residents to safeguard the public’s funds and promote quality assurance within the City’s financial administration.
To contact Treasurer Pell or to report suspicious activity involving City funds, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or send him a letter by mail to City Hall, or to P.O. Box 1708, Montebello, California 90640.