[LACo Beaches & Harbors] – John Kelly has been appointed Deputy Director in charge of capital infrastructure projects and facilities maintenance at the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, Department Director Santos Kreimann announced Monday.
A civil engineer at L.A. County’s Department of Public Works (DPW), Mr. Kelly will oversee the Department’s many capital improvement projects on beaches, as well as infrastructure development efforts in the harbor and other parts of Marina del Rey. He will also manage premises and facilities maintenance, as well as all traffic and harbor engineering efforts.
“With more than 30 years of experience at all levels of the Public Works Department, John brings the wealth of experience and expertise necessary to manage capital projects worth more than $70 million on beaches and in the Marina, as well as to maintain our existing facilities,” Kreimann said. “John will play a critical role in the Department’s efforts to redevelop the Marina for the next generation and in maintaining our commitment to provide top-notch amenities at our beaches, from Nicholas Canyon to White Point.”
The Department of Beaches and Harbors frequently partners with Los Angeles County Public Works, the largest public works agency in the United States, on a variety of projects, several of which Mr. Kelly has helped manage during his 17-year tenure as a DPW senior manager. Most recently, Mr. Kelly worked with DBH in connection with the Paseo del Mar landslide in San Pedro, oversaw DPW’s work on capital improvements efforts at Venice and Will Rogers beaches and supervised the project management team responsible for the waterline, roadway and Oxford Basin infrastructure improvements currently planned or underway in Marina del Rey.
“Visitors to our beaches, Marina del Rey and L.A. County residents in general seek a variety of recreational and other facilities along our coast and will benefit from John’s diverse experience as an engineer and manager in the nation’s most multi-faceted public works agency,” Kreimann said. “We’re happy to have him on board.”
Mr. Kelly, who joined the Department earlier this month, enjoys running, cycling and snow skiing. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two grown children and have lived in several beach communities in L.A. County since relocating from Vermont 30 years ago.