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South Pas Public Works Director Resigns

Matt Sweeney will step down from his position in public works.

Public Works Director Matt Sweeney announced Tuesday that he will be resigning after two years in the position. His last day is slated for May 6. 

"He was previously retired from ... private industry, so he will go back to retirement," said Assistant City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. "We really appreciate the work he has done; he has had many accomplishments in his short tenure. Residents were well-served."

Gonzalez says he and City Manager John Davidson will be meeting soon to discuss the transition and recruitment for a new director. "We don't know how we are going to fill the position yet, but we will meet and discuss options."

"We are fortunate to have a deputy public works director [Shin Furukawa] who was previously the city engineer on staff. By default, the public works director is the city engineer," said Gonzalez. 

Check back this week for more details. 

dan watson April 22, 2011 at 12:29 AM
I think what Mr. Rosen was asking is whether Matt Sweeney is resigning because of the Fair Oaks construction project which has resulted in much criticism of the City and Public Works. What people need to realize is that Public Works neither designed nor gave final approval for this project. It was designed years ago by consultants and approved at the time by the Design Advisory Group and the City Council. As is required in California, the contract went to the lowest qualified bidder. Much of the criticism of Public Works is misdirected. I share the opinion of Joe Payne and I'll admit that I'm both a fan of Matt Sweeney and consider him a friend. I worked with 6 Public Works Directors in South Pasadena and Matt Sweeney is a first class, quality person and outstanding Public Works Director. He is supported by a very committed but understaffed team. Matt was a pleasure to work with, always committed to the community and a very effective member of the South Pasadena management team. His reasons for going back into retirement or personal and should not matter. He has a long career and has earned the right to retire and I wish him well as he does so.
Ron Rosen April 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM
I don't know anything about Matt Sweeney and did not criticize him if you read what I said carefully. But I know that he has come under fire from some who have dealt with him about the Fair Oaks situation. An article that announces the retirement of an official who is at the center of a controversial situation without even mentioning the controversial situation, is not good journalism.
dan watson April 22, 2011 at 12:52 AM
I know you didn't criticize him, Ron, and that you were asking a reasonable question. My comments were based on much news coverage of the Fair Oaks project over the past few months.
Ron Rosen April 22, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Got it.
Ellen Daigle April 22, 2011 at 04:24 AM
thanks Patch for announcing this . I was at the council meeting on Wed evening and there was no announcement. It seems unfortunate that the public did not know and I am learning about this retirement from reading Patch. We certainly appreciate you involvement. Ellen Daigle

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