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City of Belmont Appoints New Public Works Director
Today, City Manager Afshin Oskoui appointed Peter Brown as its new Public Works Director effective February 18th, 2020. The position became vacant when Mr. Oskoui (former PW Director) was promoted to the top position in City Hall. The Public Works Director position was posted in October 2019. The recruitment and selection process involved a review of top candidates, including panel interviews and candidate presentations to both internal and external panels, and the City’s leadership team. After months of vetting qualified candidates that yielded top candidates, Mr. Oskoui selected Peter Brown as his successor to lead the Department, a key member of the City’s leadership team.
Peter Brown is a Bay Area native and he comes to Belmont with 20 years of municipal urban planning and public works experience in several California cities. He has implemented dozens of long-range planning projects, overseen the development and implementation of Capital Improvement Programs and helped deliver multimillion dollar roadway and sanitary infrastructure projects in places like San Francisco, Marin County and the Central Coast. Prior to joining Belmont, Peter was the Public Works Director and Sanitary District Manager in Corte Madera, Marin County, for the last two years, there, Peter led a Public Works team of 16 people and oversaw that community's effort to develop a climate adaptation plan to address long-term infrastructure needs related to sea-level rise and sustainability goals.
Prior to that, he spent four years focusing on multimodal transportation improvements and a Vision Zero program in the City of Santa Barbara's Public Works Department. Safety and efficiency of the transportation system are top priorities for Peter.
"I realize that following Afshin Oskoui's term at Public Works Director for Belmont won't be easy, but I am up for the challenge. I am honored to join the City's management team and to learn as much as possible about the city, its needs, and its people. I look forward to bringing my Public Works experience here to Belmont to help improve and maintain the quality of life for residents, business owners and visitors alike."
Peter holds a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Science from Chico State University, and Master's Degrees in both Latin American Studies and Urban Planning from UCLA.
We look forward to Peter's leadership, energy, and enthusiasm; and anticipate him taking the Public Works Department to new heights.