COSTA MESA — Peter Naghavi could take over the city's newly created economic development director position if the City Council approves the move next week.
Using $50,000 already set aside for economic development this year and shifting $70,000 from Ernesto Munoz's old position as senior engineer, Naghavi would be paid $120,000 for the second half of the fiscal year with council approval.
Munoz is the city's interim head of public services, a position Naghavi left to become the interim assistant CEO.
Approving the economic development director position would create a new level of management at City Hall. Naghavi would be able to supervise public services and development services, and coordinate between the two. Both departments play important roles in the city's push for capital improvements, according to the city staff report.