The City of Fullerton has selected Meg McWade as the new Director of Public Works. McWade, the current Public Works Director for the City of Pomona, is slated to begin employment on February 4, 2019.
McWade has over 27 year of public service experience in local government and has been with the City of Pomona since 1994. Prior to her current role as Pomona’s Public Works Director, McWade previously served as the Deputy Public Works Director from 2014 to 2016, Utility Services Manager from 2007 – 2014, Business Services Manager from 2003 – 2007, Budget Officer from 2000 -2003 and other various positions within the City of Pomona.
During her time in Pomona, McWade successfully took on and accomplished many of the challenges she will face in Fullerton, to include improving road conditions, pursuing grant opportunities, enhancing infrastructure, and ensuring city facilities and parks are well maintained. In Fullerton, McWade will pursue opportunities to improve the City’s road conditions and implement a Department reorganization to increase efficiencies and the overall effectiveness of operations given increased budgetary pressures.
“Meg stood out from the over 50 applicants due to her comprehensive public works knowledge and management expertise” said Ken Domer, Fullerton’s City Manager. “With a solid public finance and budgeting background, Meg will elevate Fullerton’s infrastructure and road improvements while leading the entire Department into its next decade of
McWade holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Carroll College and a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a member of the Cal Poly – Southern California Local Government Leadership Academy. She and the Pomona Team were recipients of the APWA 1998 Project of the Year Award – Pedley Filtration Plant, Green Leadership Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012,, and APWA 2018 Project of the Year for Garey Avenue Major Street Rehabilitation.
“Fullerton is a unique City with an active and engaged citizenry,” stated McWade. “I am excited to be joining the City’s team of professionals dedicated to shaping Fullerton’s future success.”
McWade replaces Don Hoppe, who held the position from 2004 until his retirement in October 2018. The search for a replacement began in September with the recruiting firm Ralph Andersen & Associates.