Solana Beach City Manager to retire in November

By Kristina Houck

After serving the city for more than a decade, Solana Beach City Manager David Ott announced he plans to retire in November.

“I love serving you all, I love serving the community, I love serving this organization and working with all the great employees here,” said Ott, who announced his last day with the city will be Nov. 28, during the May 14 council meeting. He informed council members about his decision to retire during a closed session prior to the meeting. “But I’ve decided it’s time to turn to the next chapter in life.”

With six months left on the job, Ott said he has a lot left to accomplish.

“Rest assured, I won’t slow down,” he said.

He added he would make the transition to a new city manager “as seamless as possible.”

Ott has worked for Solana Beach since July 2003, when he was hired as fire chief and director of public safety. He was later also named fire chief for Del Mar, a position he held until October 2009.

While serving as fire chief for both cities, he became deputy city manager for Solana Beach in 2005 and city manager in 2006.

In 2010, Ott announced he would retire at the end of the year but agreed in January 2011 to continue as interim city manager. In December 2011, he agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension.

“We really, truly appreciate all the time and effort,” said Mayor Tom Campbell, following Ott’s announcement.

The council will begin the recruitment process for a new city manager, Campbell said, and will update the public when advised to do so by the city attorney.