Del Mar public works director announces retirement

On Jan. 13, the city of Del Mar announced the retirement of David Scherer as its public works director.

Scherer has managed the Public Works Department for more than 10 years.  Public Works is responsible for the city’s water and sewer utilities, streets and storm drains, parks and public rights-of-ways, city facilities, and oversees all of the city’s capital improvement projects.

Scherer is known for his tenacity and is largely responsible for the city’s successful procurement of the federal and state grants funding the restoration and seismic retrofit of the city’s historical North Torrey Pines Bridge under contract for $13.6 million. He has also been instrumental in securing improvements for other vital infrastructure assets including restoration of the water reservoirs and the replacement of the city’s primary sewer pump station located near the tennis courts currently under construction.

Scherer holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas.  Scherer was the city engineer for the city of Little Rock, Arkansas prior to joining the team in Del Mar in September 2000.  Scherer will be relocating to Santa Barbara to pursue other interests while enjoying his corvette and looking forward to the birth of his first grandbaby!

City Manager Karen Brust stated that “although this is a loss for the city, I hope that all of you will join me in congratulating David on this wonderful new chapter in his life.”  She further stated that he is a very valuable member of the city’s executive team and will be missed; however, he has developed a strong departmental staff capable of continuing to provide the excellent service expected from the Public Works Department.

Scherer stated: “What I will miss are the current and prior city councils, the city staff, and most of all, the wonderful volunteers that make this place we call Del Mar a village, especially the current and past members of the Del Mar Garden Club, the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee.”

Scherer’s last day in his office will be April 1, 2011.  Scherer will be available for consultation during the city’s transition to new management for the department. The city plans to provide an opportunity for the public to congratulate and wish him farewell.

   
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