Martin Pastucha, the current director of public works for the city of Pasadena, has been named Santa Monica’s new director of public works.

City Manager Rod Gould will introduce Pastucha at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

“Martin Pastucha is a gifted operational manager and consummate team player,” Gould said. “He has a wide breadth of experience ranging from overseeing large multi-year capital projects as well operations experience in maintenance of streets, sewers, parks, solid waste and fleet management.

“He is known for being innovative, solution oriented and highly supportive of his colleagues so that successful outcomes are achieved.”

As director of the Public Works Department for Pasadena, Pastucha oversaw all capital improvements for the city including the City Hall seismic retrofit, park renovation, development and implementation of numerous projects of the city’s sustainability plan, development of a master plan on sewer and integrated waste management to ensure system rehabilitation and operation.

Gould said Pastucha is known for establishing performance measures and productivity enhancements to help ensure that operations achieved high marks for accountability and quality service. Before becoming Pasadena’s public works director, Pastucha was public works director of La Habra, where he oversaw engineering, traffic engineering, water and sewer operations, parks and fleet.

“I’m excited to join Santa Monica and offer the experience gained throughout my career to the Santa Monica community. Santa Monica is renowned as a progressive city and I look forward to joining the talented team there” said Pastucha.

Pastucha received a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

As Santa Monica public works director, Pastucha will receive a base salary of $198,798 and oversee a department of over 400 employees with an annual budget of over $66 million.

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