MURRIETA – The City of Murrieta recently announced the hiring of Pat Thomas as the City’s Development Services Director. Thomas is currently Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Newport Beach and brings with him a great deal of experience in the wide-ranging field of municipal management. Thomas will be responsible for overseeing planning, engineering, building and public works maintenance divisions. He will start work in Murrieta on March 31.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Pat Thomas back to Murrieta. Mr. Thomas is well respected in the community and offers Murrieta a wide range and many years of experience and success in municipal management, and a great combination of skills, talent, and knowledge,” said City Manager Rick Dudley.
Thomas has over 25 years of experience in public service. He holds a bachelors degree in civil and environmental engineering from Washington State University, a masters in public administration from California State University Long Beach, and a masters in business administration from California State University San Marcos.
Thomas was the Public Works Director for Murrieta until November 2012, when he took a position with the City of Newport Beach. While employed in his current position of Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer for Newport Beach, Thomas is responsible for $70 million capital improvement program, private development permitting, traffic engineering and water quality programs.
According to Thomas, he is “Eager to return to Murrieta and continue delivery of high quality City services, while incorporating lessons learned in affluent coastal community of Newport Beach.”
Thomas’ family includes wife Pam and daughters Julia, Johanna, stepsons Kyle and Davis. His interests include bicycling, running, hiking, camping, kayaking, golf, baseball, basketball, almost any other sporting activity.