New Public Works director coming to SLO

The city of San Luis Obispo has hired Daryl Grigsby as the new director of Public Works.

Grigsby, who has more than 30 years experience in public works, will be paid a $154,544 annual salary. His total compensation, which includes benefits such as health and retirement, was not available.

Grigsby, whose first day will be Dec. 17, held the same post in Pomona overseeing the maintenance of streets, traffic, fleet, facilities, parks, water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and solid waste collection.

City Manager Katie Lichtig said Grigsby was hired at the top of the job’s salary range because of his experience as a public works director and his compensation in Pomona.

He replaces Jay Walter, who left the city in July after a decade for a similar job in San Mateo. Walter was paid an annual salary of $151,450 and total compensation of $222,141.

Before working in Pomona, Grigsby worked in Kirkland, Wash.; San Diego, Seattle and King County, Wash.

“Daryl brings extensive experience in infrastructure maintenance, alternative transportation, environmental stewardship, departmental leadership and community engagement,” Lichtig said  in a news release. “He has a proven track record of success. All of this taken together will make Daryl a great asset to our community.”

He will oversee 75 employees and an annual budget of $23 million. Services provided by the Public Works department include street maintenance, parks, facilities, trees and fleet maintenance, traffic and bike operations, flood protection, building capital improvements, parking operations and SLO Transit.

Grigsby has a bachelor’s degree in history from Chicago State University and a master’s in pastoral studies from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.

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