OAKLAND, CA — Jason Mitchell has been appointed to be the new permanent director of the Oakland Public Works Department, city officials said.
Mitchell, a native of Oakland who has 15 years of local government experience, has worked for the city for nine years and most recently served as assistant director of the Bureau of Infrastructure and Operations.
In that position, Mitchell oversaw management and maintenance of sewer and storm assets, streets and sidewalks and the city’s vehicle fleet, as well as electrical, traffic and parking meter maintenance, city officials said. “I am thrilled and honored to serve the people of my hometown,” Mitchell said in a statement.
“The hard-working people of this department humble and inspire me every single day as they head out into every Oakland neighborhood to help make it a better place to live and work,” he said.
Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth said the Public Works Department serves both the public and every other department in the city and “Jason knows every facet of this work and he knows how to bring it to the next level.”
“We’re proud and lucky to have him as the city of Oakland continues strengthening its leadership team,” Landreth said.
She said Mitchell was chosen from a national pool of candidates and has expertise as a public sector administrative and policy leader.
— Bay City News; Image via City of Oakland