Andrea Lueker, former Morro Bay city manager, hired as interim harbor manager for Port San Luis

A view of Port San Luis.
A view of Port San Luis. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Morro Bay’s former city manager has been named the new interim harbor manager of the Port San Luis Harbor District.

Andrea Lueker was contracted for six months to lead the district, replacing Steve McGrath, whose contract was not renewed this year.

Lueker left her position with the city of Morro Bay in December 2013, resigning under pressure from the City Council majority.

Since then, Lueker has served as the executive director of the nonprofit Morro Bay Community Quota Fund, and she has taught finance in Cal Poly’s recreation, parks and tourism administration program.

The Harbor Commission unanimously voted to appoint Lueker at its meeting on Tuesday.

Lueker said she was eager to return to a position of leadership in public service.

“I miss working with the public and a group of dedicated employees,” Lueker said. “I like public service, and I wanted to get back into it.”

Port San Luis will be conducting a process to hire a permanent harbor manager. Lueker said she intends to apply for that position as well.

Her current interim position with the Harbor District pays $9,333 per month in addition to benefits. That equates to an annual salary of about $112,000 per year. McGrath made about $121,000 per year.

I miss working with the public and a group of dedicated employees. I like public service, and I wanted to get back into it.

Andrea Lueker, new Port San Luis interim harbor manager

Lueker will be responsible for overseeing a “mini-city,” she said. Two of the district’s major projects include the ocean view Harbor Terrace project that calls for creating 184 camping units on 32 acres and the restoration of Avila Pier.

Lueker takes over for McGrath, who initiated the work on these major projects in his leadership role.

Jeremiah O’Brien, a board member of the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund, which advocates for the fishing industry, said that Lueker’s shoes will be hard to fill.

Lueker resigned from her director position and will end her service with the Quota Fund on Nov. 11.

“We’ll open that up to applicants, and I’m sure that we have some very good applicants in mind,” O’Brien said. “We have been extremely fortunate because Andrea is so talented. We endeavor to keep her on in some capacity.”

Lueker said her position with the Quota Fund was part time and expects whoever to take it on to make between $20,000 and $30,000 per year.

“I was on the high end of that,” Lueker said.