Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lisa McPherson Says Good-bye

After thirteen years working for the City of Costa Mesa, Recreation Supervisor Lisa McPherson is moving onward and upward.

Today McPherson announced that she is moving to the City of Dublin, California - up north in that "other" part of the state - where she will hold a management-level position in their Parks and Recreation Department.  If you click on that title you'll find Dublin is about 2/3 the size of Costa Mesa and has about half the population.

This seems to be an outstanding opportunity for McPherson, who has served Costa Mesa with loyalty, passion and diligence through her tenure, and particularly through the past few years of turmoil and tumult.  With the hiring of Travis Karlen as Recreation Manager last Monday she now has had eight bosses during her tenure with the City.  She, in fact, ran the Recreation Division several times for varying periods of time as managers came and went - most recently when Bob Knapp left.

Among the many highlights of her tenure in Costa Mesa - she's a resident, who moved here because she has had such strong affection for the City - she cited the rescue of the R.O.C.K.S. program and helping facilitate the Estancia Adobe becoming a National Historical Site - something that will take place officially soon.  As City Staff liaison to many of the committees, she helped the volunteers craft programs and implement them. 

Clearly, it was time for her to move on to a city that values her credentials and experience and values employees beyond being viewed as just so many widgets to be easily-replaced.  She feels she's found that place in Dublin.
We here at A Bubbling Cauldron wish Lisa McPherson all the best in this latest step in her career.  We will miss her perky demeanor, her professionalism and dedication to the residents of Costa Mesa.  Her final day on the job here will be August 15th.

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Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

She is a class act and knows her job inside and out. You will be missed here , Lisa. It is our loss, but Dublin's good fortune to have you!

Wishing you the very best, and joy in your new job.

7/30/2014 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Ocpublicsquare said...

Lisa served us well, especially as staff fot Historical Preservation Committee and Cultural Arts Committee. The may not currently be the most popular committees but their longstanding contributions and Lisa's to our City's well being are priceless. I will miss you Lisa. Thank you for tirelessly serving Costa Mesa.

7/31/2014 07:28:00 PM  

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