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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Paul Casey Named Interim Public Works Director

EdHat had a story today about Paul Casey becoming the interim Public Works Director as Tony Nisich is retiring after 35 years of service to our city -- congratulations to an able and capable potential Public Works Director and an organized and well led Public Works Department during Nisich's reign.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check your facts. I don't think Tony worked for the City of Santa Barbara for 35 years.

10/10/2007 6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: "an organized and well led Public Works Department during Nisich's reign." You're entitled to that opinion....but I wish i had time to enumerate all the reasons why I & others would disagree. It's a very long list.

10/10/2007 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

If Paul Casey (nice guy!) is 'Interim' Public Works Director (Is there a job search here too?) and Gufstafson (also a nice guy) is now the 'Interim' Community Development Director where there IS a job search going on, that leaves the empty chair over in the Redevelopment Agency. So whose holding the fort there? And if Tony Nisich retired, how come the big staff chief up the tower didn't get all this done before he left?

I smell a fish in the room.

10/10/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhhh - Tony has only been with the City for the last 7 years or so, but he will be missed. Prior to that he was with the City of Santa Clarita.

Appointing a planner to be the interim PW Director seems an odd choice to me. Why not one of the other PW Department managers? Has the City gone so far too the left as to disregard engineers even though the PW department makes up most of the City budget?

10/10/2007 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when did copying and pasting a press-release verbatim become a "story."

If that's the future of the internet, we're in big trouble.

10/10/2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

1:54 pm -- wanted you to hear it from the horse's mouth AND I did offer some opinion. Nothing wrong with that -- most people don't see press releases verbatim.

10/10/2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

6:04 AM -- explained above and quoted from EdHat article.

10/10/2007 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the next public works director comes from the current managerial ranks, I'd be surprised. Check out Armstrong's past record. He will go outside current City employees to fill this Department head position. Maybe he needs this kind of control to feel comfortable. Will the next City Adminstrator come from outside City ranks also?

10/11/2007 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon 8:09am

Check YOUR facts - More people are promoted to departments heads from within the City as recruited from outside the City under Armstrong's tenure:

Paul Casey - promoted to Community Development Dir. from within the City

Irene Macias - Library Director - promoted from within the City

Nancy Rapp - Parks & Rec Director - promoted from within the City.

Marcelo Lopez - Administrative Director - promoted from within the City.

Cam Sanchez - Police Chief - from outside the City

Ron Prince - Fire Chief - from outside the City

Tony Nisich - RETIRING Public Works Director - from outside the city

10/12/2007 7:50 AM  
Anonymous I heart customer service said...

Oh, too bad. I was hoping Browning Allen the Streets Division Manager would have been the interim Public Works Director.

He is such a responsive and helpful public servant. Always listening and responding to the public even when it is more trouble and work for him and his staff.

He and his crew were especially good about measuring Anacapa Street when the Granada Garage turning lane was designed.

Will Paul Casey in charge of Public Works be any better than the past performance?

10/12/2007 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, your "facts" don't include that Admin Armstrong came from outside City ranks (Fullerton) I guess it's currently a tie and we'll see what happens with this position. Thank you for your correctness!

10/13/2007 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and calling Marcello Lopez a Department Head....? OK, He's a great guy but - That was just a reorganization exercise.

Armstrong is his boss.

10/13/2007 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City Public Works has been the bull in the china shop causing just about every aggravation you can think of: trying to yank out the trees on Upper State, the ugly round-abouts, Granada parking mismeasurement, failed zoning protections, blight unresponsiveness.

And these are just a few that some quickly to mind. Nitsch was an unaccountable mess. Browning Allen would be a total disaster. That man needs to be fired; not promoted.

10/14/2007 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the City is doing a full open recruitment for the Public Works Director position, why do they not have the position listed on their web site as an open position?

10/24/2007 2:42 AM  

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