City names new public works director

SAN MARCOS — City officials recently announced that Richard Cook has been named public works director for the city of San Marcos. Cook has been serving as the interim director since November following the retirement of former Public Works Director Mike Mercereau after 24 years of service.
Cook has more than 33 years of local agency public works experience including construction and project management. He has worked for the cities of Long Beach and Carlsbad and has spent the past seven years as a private consultant.
Over the course of his career, Cook has managed more than $230 million in construction contracts and several hundred million dollars in private development work.
As San Marcos’ public works director, Cook will oversee a $9 million operating budget and a department of about 80 full- and part-time employees that make up five divisions including administration, fleet maintenance, street maintenance, park maintenance and storm water/utilities maintenance.
Cook holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Irvine. He also served for 15 years on the Specification Review Subcommittee for the “Greenbook,” which is widely used by local agencies and counties as the basis for capital improvement project contracts.
“Richard was the logical choice to fill this position given his successful background in local agency public works and his work directly with San Marcos’ capital improvement program,” City Manager Paul Malone said. “That, combined with his excellent project management, communication and customer service skills, makes him a great fit for this important position.”
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