City Confirms Interim Positions For Naghavi and Munoz
In a press release issued Monday, September 26, 2011, Costa Mesa CEO Tom Hatch confirmed what he announced at the last council meeting on September 20, 2011 - that Public Services Director Peter Naghavi has been appointed Interim Assistant Chief Executive Officer and that City Engineer Ernesto Munoz will replace him as Interim Public Services Director effective on that date. You may recall that I reported these moves last Wednesday, HERE.
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As I said in my earlier post, I believe this is an excellent move by Hatch. Naghavi has been a rock-solid manager since arriving in Costa Mesa more than two decades ago. His presence in this position will take the pressure off Hatch to find someone soon and, perhaps, select the wrong person for the job. Munoz has been Naghavi's strong right arm. In an organization whose management ranks have been decimated in recent months by budget constraints and the hostile work environment imposed by the current City Council, we are very fortunate to have such high quality, competent men available to fill these slots on an interim basis. The text of that press release follows below.
chief executive officer for Costa Mesa
COSTA MESA, CALIF.—Director of Public Services Peter Naghavi has been named the City of Costa Mesa’ s interim assistant chief executive officer and City Engineer Ernesto Munoz has been promoted to interim public services director.
The appointments, effective today, are expected to continue for several months until a permanent assistant chief executive officer is hired.
Naghavi, a 21-year employee of Costa Mesa, served as director of the Transportation Department for Somerville, Mass before being recruited by the City of Costa Mesa in 1990 to serve as the City's transportation manager. He was promoted to the director of the Public Service Department in 2007. As acting assistant chief executive officer, Naghavi will help run the City’s daily operations and take on special assignments.
Munoz, who has previously worked for the City of Cypress, came to Costa Mesa in 1993 as the city engineer. In his temporary assignment, he will run the Public Service Department, which includes the City’s Administration, Transportation, Engineering, Maintenance, and Parks and Recreation divisions.
City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch made the appointments after an initial search for a permanent assistant chief executive officer didn’t produce the perfect candidate. Another search is underway.“We are fortunate that throughout our organization, we have people willing and able to step up and help in any way they can,” Hatch said. “Peter and Ernesto will help us get through the next couple of months without missing a step.”