San Luis Obispo County hires new public works director
October 28, 2014
The County of San Luis Obispo announced Tuesday it has hired Wade Horton as its new public works director.
Horton will be directly responsible for overseeing the operations of the public works department, which has approximately 190 full-time employees. Currently, Horton works for the City of San Luis Obispo as the deputy director of the utilities department.
“I believe Mr. Horton will bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the position, and I look forward to having him join our team,” said County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi.
Before his post at the City of San Luis Obispo, Horton was a senior engineer for Penfield & Smith, a construction field engineer for Modern Continental, and an associate engineer for URS Corp/Radian international. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and has served in the United States Navy Reserve for 10 years.
“I’m looking forward to serving with an exceptional team focused on improving the quality of life for our fellow San Luis Obispo County residents,” Horton said.
Paavo Ogren, the former public works director, resigned his position in May.