CORONADO, CA (May 16, 2012) – The City of Coronado has announced the hiring of a new Public Services Director following a search that resulted in more than 120 applications for the job.
Matt Little, 42, is set to fill the position left empty when Scott Huth accepted the job of City Manager in Del Mar in November. Coronado officials hired Lauren Wasserman to fill in as Interim Public Services Director until a replacement was found.
Little, who is expected to start June 4, currently serves as Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Chula Vista, overseeing nearly 200 employees in the parks and open space, street maintenance, transit operations, streetlights, inspections, and storm and wastewater divisions. He has more than 18 years of civil engineering and engineering management experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a registered civil engineer.
Coronado City Manager Blair King said Little was chosen from a select group of eight finalists invited to interview before two separate panels made up of public services professionals and interested community members.
“We chose Matt for his overall experience in municipal infrastructure, his extensive management knowledge and for his excellent leadership skills,” King said. “We’re happy to have him and are anxious to welcome him to Coronado.”
The City’s Public Services Department has an $11.7 million budget and 42 permanent as well as a number of seasonal employees, who maintain the City's physical infrastructure and the City's beaches, parks, facilities and fleet in the most cost-effective manner. Public Services is responsible for a wide range of services including street, parks and beach maintenance; graffiti removal on public property; parkway tree trimming; sewer main line cleaning and maintenance; stormwater pollution prevention; and household hazardous waste, trash and recycling.
City Manager King said Little will be accountable to a community that takes great pride in and is well known for its quaint, tree-lined streets and for its immaculately kept neighborhoods, parks and open spaces. He will receive an annual base salary of $144,500.
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