Claire Flynn Bids Costa Mesa A Very Fond Adieu
Early last week I got some news that I received with very strong mixed emotions... Costa Mesa's Assistant Director of Development Services, Claire Flynn, is moving on. Her last day with the city she's served for more than fifteen years will be next Friday, July 8th. I'm happy for her, but sad for the loss it means to our city.
CANNOT LET HER GO WITHOUT COMMENT
Claire is a very private person and didn't what any kind of hoopla to be made as she leaves. So, I waited as long as I could, but cannot let her departure go without comment - she's been too important to my city to just watch her fade into the sunset.
A LOCAL STAR
A Costa Mesa High School graduate, Claire came to the City of Costa Mesa from Mission Viejo's Community Development Department in 2001. During the decade and a half with the City she's held five progressively more responsible roles in planning and development and has been in her current role since 2011.
STRONG GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
She worked under some excellent leaders - Don Lamm and Kimberly Brandt were among her most influential mentors. Lamm moved to the City of Westminster as City Manager and currently has his own consulting firm. Brandt is presently Community Development Director for the City of Newport Beach. And, of course, during most of her career at Costa Mesa she worked under the guidance and leadership of City Manager Allan Roeder.
WILL LEAVE A VOID
Many of us who follow city issues recognize the huge hole this leaves in the Development Services Department. Claire has been the rock - the consummate professional who could always be depended upon to provide the right answers at the right time to those decision makers she served.
A REAL PRO
Personally, I've always found Claire to be patient, approachable and professional - always ready, willing and able to provide information on development issues to even the most dense of us. I'm going to miss her.
BALANCING LIFE AND CAREER
Claire will join a private sector organization where her planning education - she has a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning - and more than twenty-two years experience can be fully utilized and also provide her some time flexibility. Her goal starting this new chapter of her life is to achieve better balance in her planning profession and family life.
GOOD LUCK, CLAIRE - AND THANKS
So, as she moves off into the sunset of her Costa Mesa career I want to thank Claire Flynn for her service to our city and wish her all the best. Her talents will be well-utilized in her new assignment and her young daughter will certainly benefit from more quality "Mom time".