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City Manager Patrick West announced Friday the appointment of Craig Beck as Interim Director of Public Works, while the city continues its nationwide search for a new Public Works Director. Ara Maloyan, the current Director, announced his resignation from the city, which goes into effect today, December 11, 2015, to accept a similar position with the City of Pasadena.

“Craig has proven himself as a leader with a wide range of skills necessary for this important position,” said West in a statement. “The Department of Public Works will continue to provide exceptional services throughout the community until a new Director is chosen.”

Beck holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, both earned from California State University, Long Beach, according to the release. He has held several city positions over the past 29 years and is currently the Business Operations Bureau Manager for Long Beach Gas and Oil. 

As Interim Director, Beck will will not be considered as an applicant for the permanent position, per the city’s practice, according to the announcement.

Maloyan, who was hired by the city on July 23, 2012 as Deputy Director of Public Works, was appointed Acting Director of Public works on March 2, 2013. On January 13, 2014 he was appointed Director. The former city leader leaves a long list of notable accomplishments, such as receiving $12.4 million in grant funding to extend the city’s bicycle infrastructure and pedestrian-friendly environments.

“Ara has done a tremendous job leading the Department of Public Works, and we all wish him success in his new position,” said West in a statement.

For more information about the Public Works Department, click here.  

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