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SANDAG Seeks Public Input on Next Executive Director

Board meeting and five community meetings set for January

San Diego County CA—The SANDAG Board of Directors is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director to lead the agency. As part of that process, the Board is seeking input from the community at a series of public meetings and through an online survey.

This Friday, the Board will dedicate its regular policy meeting to receive an update about the recruitment process, hear public input regarding the preferred skills and experience desired for the next executive, and discuss next steps.

“One of the most important decisions the Board will make this year is selecting a new executive director to lead this agency,” said Board Chair and Del Mar City Council Member Terry Sinnott. “It is our goal to be inclusive in gathering input about the knowledge and skills this applicant must possess to do the job well.”

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the SANDAG 7th Floor Board Room at 401 B Street, Downtown San Diego. Meeting audio will be streamed live at

In addition, CPS HR Consulting, the firm hired to conduct the recruitment, will hold five subregional meetings this month for members of the public to comment on a draft position description and provide input on the leadership characteristics, knowledge, and skills desirable for the next SANDAG executive director:

North County Inland: Wednesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.
Welcome by Escondido Mayor Sam Abed
Escondido City Hall – Mitchell Room, 201 North Broadway, Escondido 92025

South County: Monday, January 22 at 6 p.m. 
Welcome by Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas 
Chula Vista City Hall – Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista 91910

 East County: Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. 
Welcome by Santee Mayor John Minto 
Santee City Hall, Building 2 – Council Chambers, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee 92071

North County Coastal: Thursday, January 25 at 6 p.m.
Welcome by Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear 
Encinitas City Hall – Council Chambers, 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas 92024

Central San Diego: Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
Welcome by County Supervisor Greg Cox
Jacobs Center Community Room – 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114

Feedback on the Executive Director position also can be shared through an online survey through Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.