Seasoned businessman Lee Johnson has been hired as San Luis Obispo’s economic development manager.
Johnson was selected from more than 90 applicants and will oversee implementation of the city’s economic development strategic plan and the tourism manager Molly Cano.
He will earn $96,538 annually.
Johnson succeeds Claire Clark, who left the position in June to pursue other interests. She held that job since 2006 after being hired two years prior to spearhead the city’s seismic retrofit program.
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Johnson's responsibilities will include attracting businesses that provide head-of-household jobs to the city.
The City Council has made implementing the Economic Strategic Plan, a five-year guide to economic growth that reduces cumbersome permitting and deals with a lack of infrastructure, a priority.
City Manager Katie Lichtig said the job is one of many “economic engines” that make the quality of life and assets of living, working or visiting San Luis Obispo a priority.
Johnson has 25 years of experience, including international business experience. Johnson most recently worked as president and CEO of Mainstream Energy and its subsidiaries REC Solar and AEE Solar. Prior to that, he worked for Collaboration LLC in San Luis Obispo.
His résumé includes 18 years with A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a worldwide conglomerate, where he oversaw Latin American operations.
He will begin Aug. 26.