Gary Armstrong To Replace Peter Naghavi***
According to announcements in media from San Benito County, their Director of Planning and Building Inspection Services, Gary Armstrong, has resigned his position to accept the position of Economic And Development Director/Deputy CEO in the City of Costa Mesa, replacing recently-retired icon, Peter Naghavi.
NEWS FROM SAN BENITO COUNTY
There are two accounts of Armstrong's resignation from San Benito County media, HERE and HERE. According to those, he has been the Planning Director for San Benito County for three years and has strong ties to Newport Beach.
A SMALLER, LESS URBAN VENUE
San Benito County, HERE, and HERE, has a population of around 55,000 people - roughly half the population of Costa Mesa - and the most populace city is Hollister, which sits astride the San Andreas Fault.
JUNE 3, 2013 START DATE
It had been previously announced that Naghavi's replacement would start on June 3, 2013, so we'll just assume that information is accurate. No information is yet available as to what kind of compensation package Armstrong will receive to take this job. No one from Costa Mesa government was available for comment.
***CITY ANNOUNCEMENT 5/20/13
The City of Costa Mesa announced the hiring of Armstrong in a message Monday, May 20. 2013, HERE. According to that announcement, Armstrong will earn $177,000 in this new job. According to CEO Tom Hatch in the announcement, "We are very fortunate to be able to bring someone like Gary on board. He has the character and experience for the job, in addition to having deep roots in this community. He's a perfect fit."
LOOKING FORWARD TO HIM RETURNING
As an aside, I attended a social event over the weekend where several attendees knew Armstrong and his family. I heard nothing but high praise about him at that event. Everyone was looking forward to re-kindling their old friendships with him and his family.