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Santa Monica Hires New Public Works Director
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By Lookout Staff

July 7, 2016 -- One month after the City of Santa Monica announced the retirement of its public works director, the department's second in command has been promoted to fill the vacancy, officials announced Wednesday.

Assistant Director Susan Cline, who has held the assistant director's post for six years and served as interim director twice, will assume her new position on Monday with a salary of $261,240.

Cline will replace Martin Pastucha, who retires Friday after five years on the job ("Santa Monica Head of Public Works to Retire Next Month," June 8, 2016).

“The responsibility of running the team that provides the backbone public services our community relies on 24/7 is a special and demanding one,” City Manager Rick Cole said in a statement.

Susan Cline hired as Santa Monica's new Director of Public Works.
  Public Works Director Susan Cline.   Photo credit City of Santa Monica.
“As a proven leader, Susan has demonstrated her ability to empower our workforce, pursue innovation, and promote environmental sustainability," Cole said. "I am pleased she will lead Public Works in serving our unique community.”

The Department of Public Works is responsible for overseeing essential services that include the city's water supply, recycling operations, street maintenance, fleet services and the design and construction of capital projects including public buildings, parks and streets.

The department also helps operate and maintain the City's pier and cemetery.

As director, Cline will manage a $125.8 million operating budget and oversee nine divisions with a combined workforce of more than 500 full-time employees, nearly a quarter of the City's 2,200 employees.

“Having worked alongside the exemplary employees in Public Works for more than six years, I have firsthand knowledge of how fortunate the City is to have such a dedicated work force," Cline said.

"I am proud to continue to support their work as they serve the community by keeping the City clean and beautiful, building and maintaining critical infrastructure, as well as setting the standard for a sustainable City.”

Over the past two decades, Cline has held leadership roles in public sector planning, operations and management, City officials said.

Before assuming her post as assistant director of Public Works in 2010, Cline was the Senior Development Team Manager for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

During her tenure there, Cline led all pre-construction activities for new school building projects and managed a portfolio of $716 million for Pre-K through Adult Education projects, officials said.

Cline -- who has Master of Planning from USC and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Irvine -- is a member of the American Public Works Association and was a former executive board member and founding organizer of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.

She also served five years on the Los Angeles District Council Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute.

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