Last month, Terry Sinnott and Lee Haydu began serving on the Del Mar City Council, a new experience for each of them. Here is some background about each of the longtime Del Mar residents, why they each decided to run, and what they hope to accomplish while serving.
Terry Sinnott has lived in Del Mar for 35 years, during which time he’s served the city in various ways, such as helping to facilitate Del Mar’s Vision 2020 workshops; bringing residents together to underground utilities in the Ocean View Pines neighborhood; sitting on the finance committee; and sitting on the boards of Del Mar Community Connections and Friends of Del Mar Parks. Before moving to Del Mar, councilman Sinnott served in the Navy during Vietnam and he spent more than 20 years working for San Diego Gas & Electric in various roles, including industrial engineering, marketing, distribution planning, and customer service. He left SDG&E in 1994 to launch his own management consulting business, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, executive leadership, and customer service. His clients included more than 26 local profit and nonprofit organizations, such as UCSD, Cubic Corporation, the County of San Diego, and the San Diego Padres. Sinnott retired in 2007.
What inspired you to serve on council?
Del Mar has a strong tradition of citizen volunteers serving on the council. Many people in our community have served on the council at one time or another. Most recently names like Finnell, Crawford, Earnest, Druker, Abarbanel, and Whitehead have all made positive contributions to the city. They have all been inspiring and have encouraged my candidacy. I am also in a phase of my life when I can offer my time and energy to follow in that Del Mar tradition.
Based on your experience, what do you hope you'll be able to bring to the table as a council member?
My consulting and business experience should be a positive contribution to the council. I have demonstrated I can work effectively with large, diverse groups of people to get things accomplished.
I imagine you've received some words of wisdom going into your new role as a council member. What's some of the best advice you've received so far, and from whom?
Everyone I talk to has valuable advice. I think the common theme is to listen carefully to everyone, be open to new ideas, and make decisions that will benefit the entire community.
What are some of the goals you'd like to work toward while serving on council?
I’d like to maintain and improve the financial health of the city, and open up two-way lines of communications between the council and community. I’d also like to complete major city projects, like working toward improving our downtown.
Is there anything you'd like to express or share with the Del Mar residents you'll now be serving?
I’d encourage them to keep informed on current issues in the city, and talk to the council any time they have ideas, suggestions, or concerns. I’d also encourage them to constructively participate in discussions of issues, the Del Mar way. I would tell volunteers to use their skills and experience to help solve problems in the city. If residents take the time to do these things, they will truly enjoy one of the benefits of living in a small community like Del Mar.