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New head for county public works

By rgordon
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 at 2:49 pm in Uncategorized.

Jim PorterSan Mateo County will have a local man at the helm for their Department of Public Works: San Mateo native James “Jim” Porter.

Porter has been the director of the department of Public Works in Los Altos for about seven years.

The position had been vacant since December, when Neil Cullen retired after working for the county for 40 years. Porter, 44, is set to start the job Monday.

Porter attended Hillsdale High School and currently resides in San Mateo. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University. He is a registered California civil engineer and traffic engineer.

Porter managed capital improvements and traffic engineering for Daly City from 1991 to 1999 before becoming the director of public works for Los Altos.

Porter will oversee more than 300 employees and a budget of about $120 million. The Department of Public Works maintains 320 miles of county roads and provides sewage, storm drain and flood control systems for 46 special districts governed by the Board of Supervisors. The department also oversees the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay airports. Porter’s salary willl be somewhere between about $150,000 and $187,000 a year.

“All looks very exciting and challenging,” Porter told the supervisors, who approved his appointment at their meeting Tuesday. “I’m happy to be here.”

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