The City of Manhattan Beach has hired a new public works director, said David Carmany, city manager.
Tony Olmos, who has more than 20 years of experience in operations, engineering, program development and management, replaces former Public Works Director Jim Arndt who retired in May after six years with the city.
Olmos' most recent position is as assistant director of Orange County engineering where he worked as a chief engineer in executive management. Before that, he was a city engineer/division manager for the City of Huntington Beach from July 2008 to July 2012. He has worked for the cities of Brea, Santa Fe Springs and Santa Ana.
“Tony Olmos brings an impressive background and hands-on experience to head our public works department,” stated Carmany. “With his background in civil engineering, he will make a great manager for our public works team, and we are looking forward to the new insights and leadership he will bring to the table, adding a new level of opportunities to the department.”
The public works department is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all public infrastructure and public right-of-way, as well as environmental programs, in Manhattan Beach, Carmany stated.
Olmos will help direct the city’s efforts to address and sustain an aging utility infrastructure while maintaining the city’s high standards of preservation and sensible development, according to Carmany.
“I am committed to providing the highest level of service possible,” stated Olmos. “I have had the good fortune of working with similar agencies, which gives me a unique perspective of the issues and the community expectations that come with a coastal city.”