Kathleen Yurchak, formerly Pleasanton's Community Services Manager and for the last two years assistant director of operations, was named Monday to head that department, succeeding Daniel Smith, who retired.
Yurchak, who has has been in public service for 18 years, including the last eight with Pleasanton, won out over 60 applicants for the job. Eight became finalists, including a mix of city department heads and a general manager from a nearby water agency, who went through two panel interviews.
"Kathleen has distinguished herself as the most knowledgeable in organizational management, strategic planning, infrastructure planning, budgeting and human resources, as well as having a deep understanding and appreciation for the work performed at the Operation Services Center," said City Manager Nelson Fialho, who made the appointment.
In addition to serving as director of the Operations Center, located on Busch Road, Yurchak also will have charge of water utilities. With nearly 100 full-time equivalent positions and a total operating budget of $63 million, the two groups comprise the largest department in the city government.
The department includes the operational and maintenance functions of utilities (water and
sewer), streets, sign shop, parks, support services and fleet, environmental services, and the customer service center (utility billing and meter reading).
She will also have responsibility for shaping local and regional water policies in partnership with Fialho, the City Council, the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), Zone 7 Water Agency and the cities of Dublin, Livermore
and San Ramon.