The San Diego Metropolis Council Monday permitted Eric Okay. Dargan to function town’s chief working officer, changing interim COO Jay Goldstone.
Dargan, the present chief working officer of the Houston Public Works Division, will take over the San Diego place on Nov. 1. His appointment follows a nationwide search with almost 200 candidates.
Mayor Todd Gloria cited Dargan’s “ardour for public service and skill to get issues finished” as the rationale for his choice.
“I’m proud and excited to call Eric as town of San Diego’s subsequent chief working officer, the place his abilities and expertise shall be put to nice use as we proceed the work to make our metropolis operate higher at each stage,” Gloria mentioned in a press release. “Eric is a real public servant who is able to sort out our large challenges from constructing extra housing and addressing
homelessness to fixing our metropolis’s crumbling infrastructure. I’m assured Eric will assist drive change on the metropolis and lead our mission to make San Diego not only a fantastic metropolis, however a very nice metropolis.”
Dargan has been with town of Houston for greater than 20 years, overseeing town’s water, transportation and drainage operations, allowing middle, buyer account providers and capital initiatives. He’s additionally chargeable for the secure working situation of town’s streets, bridges, drainage ditches, water, sewer and stormwater amenities, in addition to allowing and billing.
“I’m honored to have been chosen to assist Mayor Todd Gloria perform his large plans for this stunning metropolis,” Dargan mentioned in a press release. “I’ve a real ardour for tackling important challenges and making municipal operations as efficient as doable for the individuals they serve. I look ahead to bringing that zeal to town of San Diego.”
An Arkansas native, Dargan earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M College in Texas. He earned his masters of science in electrical engineering at Michigan State College in 1991. Whereas working for Houston, Dargan acquired a Licensed Public Supervisor accreditation via Sam Houston State College in 2007.
Dargan started his skilled profession with Southwestern Bell Phone Co., now AT&T, and in addition served 10 years within the U.S. Military — two years as a lieutenant on energetic responsibility and eight years within the Nationwide Guard, reaching the rank of captain and serving as firm commander within the 136th Sign Corps.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.