Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive
|Ashley Jones, Del Mar’s new Director of the Administrative Services Department and City Clerk in Del Mar.
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Since the beginning of May, Ashley Jones has been both Director of the Administrative Services Department and City Clerk in Del Mar. The conjoining of these positions is not usual in city administrations but has been that way in Del Mar going back to her predecessor Andrew Potter.
Ashley is originally from the Poway area. While working toward her BA in Public Administration at San Diego State University (with an eye to a career as a lawyer), she got an internship in the City Manager’s office in Temecula. This involved her in many facets of that City’s operations, over several years, and led to her being hired full-time by the City of Murrieta, working on economic development and redevelopment.
Prior to coming to Del Mar Ashley was with the City of Poway (local girl makes good!) as a Senior Management Analyst. In her ten years in Poway she dealt with real estate issues, development services, and housing. She has gained a familiarity with most aspects of administering a small or not so small city, including the IT that links them together.
One of her duties is to coordinate municipal elections, and that made her hard to meet with in the weeks leading up to August 17, extended filing date for the election. Now we know who’s running for the three available council seats: the incumbents Sherryl Parks and Al Corti, as well as Jim Benedict, David Druker, Ellen Haviland and T. Patrick Stubbs. Read what they have to say for themselves in the Sandpiper!
There will be also be two measures on the ballot, including the aptly if awkwardly named “Voter Approval for Certain Development Projects.” The City together with the Del Mar Foundation will sponsor a forum for the candidates to be conducted by the League of Women Voters at the City Hall Council chambers in Southfair at 6 pm on September 29, and another forum concerning the ballot measures at 6 pm on October 5. Both meetings will be covered by Del Mar TV.
The City is currently recruiting one position in Planning. Shaun McMahon has been promoted from Assistant Planner to Management Analyst in Planning, but Associate Planner Rick Casswell is leaving for a position with the Rancho Santa Fe Homeowners Association. This profile will be followed up by one on Tracy Elliot-Yawn, the Principal Planner hired at about the same time as Ashley Jones.