Paso Robles appoints new public works director

A former Arizona executive has been appointed as Paso Robles’ public works director.

Dick McKinley previously led the public works division in Surprise, Arizona, after holding similar longtime roles in Washington state overseeing city services in utilities, roads, general maintenance, solid waste, landfill, engineering and capital projects.

In Paso Robles, he will oversee a staff of 56 and a $32 million annual budget. McKinley will receive an annual salary of $152,244 plus benefits when he takes the post on April 20.

“He brings expertise in both small and large cities, sophisticated analytical and budget skills and development of large projects,” city officials said in a news release.

Major public works projects currently underway in the city include construction of the city’s water treatment plant, overhaul of the city's aging sewer plant and a voter-approved program to fix city roads.

McKinley succeeds Doug Monn, who retired in January after three decades of service.

McKinley’s appointment was approved by the Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday.