She follows Robert DeLoach who served as interim general manager from December until the end of June. DeLoach, of Rancho Cucamonga’s DeLoach & Associates, Inc. served as interim following Charlie McNiesh’s retirement last year.
“We are extremely fortunate to be able to select someone with Piret’s experience and leadership skills,” said Jay Mosley, Scotts Valley’s board president. “The Board is very confident that she will exceed our expectations, and provide excellent leadership as we work to deliver the best service to our ratepayers.”
Harmon, a native of Estonia, has lived in Scotts Valley for 10 years. She has worked in municipal water and public works in California since 2001 and most recently served as the Principal Administrative Manager for the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, where she oversaw an annual operating budget of $37 million. Prior to that, she was Interim Operations Manager for the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department.
Harmon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Scotts Valley’s board of directors announced the hiring in late June and Harmon began her duties July 7.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to work for an organization that has made such a strong commitment to its future and its customers – people like me, who live in the District,” she said. “I look forward to making a positive impact in a community I care deeply about.”