The Press Enterprise
BYLINE: GAIL WESSON
Mike Emberton, San Jacinto’s public works director, has been promoted to assistant city manager.
The job has been vacant since Tim Hults become interim city manager in 2010 after manager Barry McClellan retired. Hults was named city manager later that year.
Originally from San Diego County, Emberton has been the city’s public works director since 2005. Previously he was deputy director of public works in Escondido.
“I’ve always had an aspiration to become some type of executive in city management,” said Emberton, 50. “I’ve been given the opportunity and plan (to) make a difference” for residents and the community.
Hults had relied on Emberton already to handle some administrative duties in addition to his public works responsibilities.
As city leaders looked for ways to cut expenses and seek new revenue streams, Hults said Emberton “went out, he made the contacts with (the city of) Lancaster, he explored the concept, he has been the primary person going forward” with an idea of creating a municipal utility to sell solar energy at a profit and save on the city’s energy costs. The council recently approved an agreement with an entity tied to the city of Lancaster, which has pursued solar contracts.
“He is handling all our special events. He did a masterful job on last year’s State of the City (event). He has been the primary person organizing the Fourth of July parade,” Hults said.
“Mike understands that it’s the staff that makes San Jacinto shine,” Mayor Andrew Kotyuk said by phone. “They care and it shows.” With each project given to Emberton, “he puts everything into it,” Kotyuk said, citing Emberton’s success increasing the participation and audience for the parade.
The pay range in the 2012-13 city budget for the position is $9,571 to $11,633 per month. Hults said details about pay and duties will be worked out next month.
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