City of Morro Bay appoints new City Manager

MORRO BAY, Calif. - Scott Collins will be Morro Bay's next City Manager. The Morro Bay City Council announced Collins' appointment Thursday.

A formal employment agreement will be considered at the Oct. 10 City Council meeting.

Collins was selected from a nationwide search involving community members, local city managers, city staff, and city council.

“I am really looking forward to working with the Morro Bay community, Council, and staff in achieving their goals. Morro Bay is an amazing place and I feel very fortunate to be joining the City team," said Collins.

Collins currently serves as Deputy City Manager for the City of Santa Cruz.

The City of Morro Bay said in a public statement, "Throughout his tenure in Santa Cruz, Scott has led the City’s community outreach and communication efforts, conducted complex policy and program analysis and presented recommendations to the City Council on a wide range of issues, including public safety, economic development, and environmental initiatives. As Deputy City Manager, he directly oversees the Public Works and Park and Recreation’s department with a combined operating and capital budget of $82 million and 330 full-time employees."

“Scott brings a breadth of experience on similar issues and opportunities that confront the City of Morro Bay. His knowledge of coastal communities is advantageous, he has a proven track record in local government and values active listening and respectful dialogue," said Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons.

Collins will begin his employment with the City of Morro Bay on Nov. 6, 2017, and will be paid an annual salary of $176,000.

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