Hermosa Beach Public Works director arrives from Santa Monica

by Dan Blackburn

Joseph SanClemente, a former City of Santa Monica transportation planner, started his new job Tuesday as the city of Hermosa Beach’s public works director. SanClemente will supervise the city’s 26 planning department employees and earn an annual salary of $167,028 plus benefits.

San Clemente replaces former public works director Marnell Gibson, who retired suddenly earlier this year.

SanClemente spent three years overseeing more than 20 Santa Monica transportation and safety enhancement projects, with a $32 million budget.

“SanClemente is a terrific addition to our city’s team,” City Manager Suja Lowenthal said. “His knowledge and perspective will further strengthen our Public Works Department, and benefit our community as a whole.”

Lowenthal said SanClemente “will be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and optimizing the city’s Capital Improvement Plan timeline and projects, including improvements to city infrastructure and internal systems. He will also provide staff support to the five-member Public Works Commission.”

SanClemente received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a professional civil engineer and a certified planner. He and his family live in the South Bay. ER


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