Thursday, October 18, 2012

Peter Naghavi Announces His Retirement

Peter Naghavi, Costa Mesa's Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Economic and Development Director, today announced his intention to retire from his lifetime of public service as of December 4, 2012.

Peter began his career in Costa Mesa in 1990 as the city's Transportation Manager, where he served the community for seventeen years.  He then was promoted to Director of Public Services, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Director of Economic Development and eventually to his current position.

Those who have worked with Peter over more than two decades in Costa Mesa have found him to be a thorough professional, dedicated to finding creative solutions to problems and to developing and motivating staff members to achieve the best results.

Those of us within the community who have had the opportunity to interact with Peter have found him to be an outstanding public servant, always eager to understand the issues facing us and prompt to respond with solutions.

Peter notified the City Staff with the letter below.  He also sent one to his friends within the community that contained similar sentiments.

His friends - I include myself in that group - wish him the best in the future.  He's spoken of European travel, consulting and just sleeping in past 6 a.m. for a change.

Good luck, Peter.  Your wisdom, dedication and friendship will be missed.


Dear friends:
With deep emotion and after significant personal debate, I have decided to retire from my position as the Economic and Development Director/Deputy CEO with the City effective Tuesday Dec. 4.2012.
Costa Mesa City staff have been more than just fellow employees to me. You are my friends and my family that I saw, talked to, and worked with, every day for more than 22 years.

I consider this organization a great place to work. Its employees are committed and experienced, with a high level of quality and energy across every department. Costa Mesa residents are fortunate to have you. They know what you do, and appreciate your quality service. I am happy for the opportunity to be one of you, and part of this very professional city employee community.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank every one of you in all departments, especially my former staff at Public Services Department as well as my current staff at the Development Services Department for your support, hard work, loyalty, and friendship. You are one hell of a team.

I bid farewell to all, and wish every one of you the very best in your personal as well as professional life.

Remember, it is not just today that is important. It is your integrity, character, and professionalism that will define your journey in life

I hope we will keep in touch and will always be friends.

Your friend
Peter Naghavi, Deputy CEO
Economic and Development Director
City of Costa Mesa, CA



Anonymous Themosticles said...

Does that round out the complete exodus of the senior staff?

10/18/2012 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Mr. Naghavi was at CM City Hall the night of March 17,2011 along with Wendy Leece, Sandy Genis and Katrina Foley to speak with distraught residents and employees. It was the worst day and night in the history of Costa Mesa. It meant a lot to us that they were there for us. I will never forget it.
I wish Mr. Naghavi a happy retirement and thank him for his years of service to our city.

10/18/2012 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Yes, Karin, he arrived just as I arrived about 15 minutes after poor Huy Pham died. Peter was distraught, but did his best to confort his fellow employees. He's a good man will, indeed, be missed.

10/18/2012 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

A professional and a gentleman. HE is the image Costa Mesa should put out to the world. Thank you, Mr. Naghavi.

Now, I wonder when the Daily Pilot will pick up this story.

10/18/2012 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

I really like that Mr. Naghavi put this in his resignation letter, "It is your INTEGRITY, character, and professionalism that will define your journey in life". That sentence speaks volumes.

10/18/2012 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous KING OF THE WORLD said...

Leaves me with one question.
When this clown car of a council is replaced with honest people actually working for the good of the city, can we go back to calling the City Manager just that instead of this bs "CEO" title?
Cities much bigger than CM all got a big laugh out of Righeimers need to change names in order to "run the city like a business".

10/18/2012 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Who's left? said...

I wish him well.

Question: What is normally an obstacle for any developer?

Answer: Development services and all of their rules.

Question: How does a developer get past this obstacle?

Answer: Insert a bootlicker and ignore the rules.

Lets wait and see who gets to run that department. I heard Fitzy needs a job.

10/18/2012 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous robutto said...

Peter Naghavi was the staff member who recommended the banning ranch development deal. Glad you all realize how great he is and that his decision was sound. We will miss him. McEvoy disagrees with him. Who do you trust has more knowledge on banning? Peter or Chris?

10/18/2012 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Thankfully Not said...

Naghavi thankfully failed at getting the light rail debacle, "CenterLine", built through Costa Mesa. What a mess that would have been. The picture of the Costa Mesa station was once prominently displayed in his office.

10/18/2012 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger valan2 said...

To borrow Peter's words, it is his integrity, character and professionalism that defined him and his mark on Costa Mesa. I was honored to work with him at the City for 13 years, and I am proud to call him my friend.

Congratulations, Peter!

10/19/2012 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

And let's not forgot that Naghavi was the staff member who told the cc - at the same meeting where the cc union majority voted to accept a draft of the banning ranch developers' traffic mitigation agreement - that a decision to accept - or not - could wait, it didn't have to be made right then and there. Yet, despite this information from Naghavi and the strong objections of an overwhelming majority of CM Residents at that cc meeting (and in general), the cc union majority hastily voted to accept this Draft from the banning ranch Developers, and in doing so, voted to save the developers millions in actual traffic mitigation costs and most likely millions more in future legal and other costs related to any objections about the development that CM might raise! Just like that - selling out our city and us, the residents, to save their developer brothers money. It doesn't matter if this thing is on or off the table - or in the shredder - right now; the fact that these guys voted to accept it in the first place speaks volumes about them.
What is it that Naghavi says in his letter about integrity and character?

10/20/2012 01:53:00 AM  

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