Octavio Hurtado will oversee the King City Public Works Department. (Contributed)

KING CITY — City of King has announced the appointment of Octavio Hurtado as the new director of public works.

King City has been without a full-time public works director for many years due to financial constraints. Hurtado, who has worked under contract on a part-time basis as the City’s city engineer since 2006, started his new position on Aug. 22.

“The new position is a big step in returning the City’s service levels to appropriate levels and reflects the City’s priority on improving and better maintaining its infrastructure,” said City Manager Steve Adams. “Octavio brings to the job a wealth of experience, will be expanding his role as a valuable member of our City team, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the King City community.”

Hurtado was appointed following a competitive recruitment process. He is a licensed engineer with more than 32 years of engineering experience with the firm of Hanna-Brunetti, and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.

“I am honored and excited to officially join the King City management team,” Hurtado said. “I am looking forward to serving the community, focusing on improving the services we provide for our residents, businesses and visitors, as well as working on upcoming projects that will benefit all members of the community.”

The position will oversee the King City Public Works Department, including street and sidewalk improvements, wastewater services, capital projects, development plan check of right-of-way improvements, parks and public facilities, and operation of the Mesa Del Rey Airport.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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