Hamby steps into new role at Scotts Valley City Hall
by Adam Johnson
May 01, 2014 | 2053 views | 3 3 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The City of Scotts Valley promoted Wastewater/Recycling and Environmental Program Manager Scott Hamby earlier this year to Public Works Director, replacing Ken Anderson, who retired at the end of 2013.

A lifelong resident of Soquel, Hamby, 53, steps into his new role with 26 years of experience under his belt with the City of Scotts Valley, 15 of those were spent working with Anderson.

"It's really rewarding for me to come over and be move involved with overall city projects," Hamby said. "Coming into the new job I know the people I work with so that's made the transition pretty easy."

With Anderson's retirement, the Public Works Director/City Engineer position was split into two positions. Majid Yamin is now the City Engineer for Scotts Valley.

"Engineering is not in my background," Hamby said. "So it's great we have an engineering staff that's been able to help with the permitting and plan checks."

Despite the promotion, Hamby retains his previous position as the Wastewater and Environmental Program Manager.

In addition to his responsibilities with wastewater and environmental programs, Hamby now oversees the Parks and Recreation, Road and Parks Maintenance, and Engineering departments and their employees.

For Hamby, one of the biggest challenges he faces is maintaining an aging infrastructure with limited resources.

"Each year, we only have $75,000 to maintain the roads in Scotts Valley," he said. "We've been fortunate enough to have staff on hand to give us some really good grants of late, but the grants we have now are actually not roads, but rather safe routes for schools and adding a safe sidewalk."

Maintaining roads in Scotts Valley is a top priority for Hamby.

"Mount Hermon Road is our main thoroughfare that gets hammered by big trucks," he said. "We're going to have to try and secure some outside funding source to maintain Mount Hermon Road as one of our No. 1 priorities."

Hamby said that he would like to see the Town Center project move forward as well during his tenure.

"It's a huge project that we all look forward to," he said, noting the scope of such a large endeavor. "It's going to move at its own pace. That's just an overall city project though."

In a time where water conservation is at an all-time high, Hamby noted the contributions made by the city's water recycling program.

"Especially in the drought several years that we've been in," he said. "It's been huge being able to help the water district supplement the ground water with recycled water."

Hamby said that he is excited about the new position and the opportunities it provides working with different city aspects as well as the city council.

Scotts Valley Mayor Jim Reed feels Hamby is more than qualified in his new role.

"Scott is an exceptional talent," Reed said. "It's really a market success we're able to keep somebody of his caliber and hopefully stay on a long-term track.

"Scott, plus the experienced team we have, will be a great fit for Scotts Valley."

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May 04, 2014
Only $75k a year to maintain roads ? Did they just spend close to 1/2 mil on a new stop light on GHR ? Oh wait, that was probably grant $$. Its still our money not going towards road maintenance.
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May 04, 2014
$75,000 is less than the medical/dental/vision cost for part-time City Council Members!

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May 07, 2014
Regarding the comment about how much the City spends each year providing health insurance to the City Council members - Why does the city provide medical insurance to this group of part timers. This is a ridiculous waster of tax payer money. Most of the City Council members are business people who should get health insurance via their full time jobs. Ms.Lind gets lifetime insurance via her retirement from the SV police force. Please stop wasting tax payer money.


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