Raul Rojas, Bakersfield’s Public Works director for the past 20 years, has been chosen as the new Marin County Director of Public Works, replacing Bob Beaumont, who is retiring.
Marin County’s Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the recommendation of County Administrator Matthew Hymel during their regular meeting Feb. 25.
If the appointment is approved, Rojas would start his new job March 24.
Rojas, a native of Torrance, Calif., has run a Bakersfield department with 420 employees and an annual operating budget of $111 million, a figure that includes about $50 million for solid waste disposal and waste water treatment functions that the County of Marin does not similarly handle.
Beaumont has been charged with overseeing 226 employees with an annual operating budget of $42.7 million for 2013-14. Both cities have General Fund Public Works operating budgets of about $25 million.
“I’m very excited to join the County of Marin executive management team and be part of the future of a very exciting county,” said Rojas.
Rojas, who earned a civil engineering degree from University of Southern California in 1981, spent one year (2001) as a deputy city engineer in the City of Los Angeles but otherwise spent the past two decades in his director role in Bakersfield.
“We feel fortunate to find someone with Raul’s progressive management approach to lead our talented team of county employees,” said Board of Supervisors President Kate Sears.
Rojas’ annual salary will be $197,059, and he will receive a one-time $10,000 relocation payment.