Costa Mesa officials have hired a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years of information technology experience.
Information Technology Director Steve Ely was first brought to City Hall on an interim basis in November. His position was made permanent this week. He will receive an annual salary of $152,328.
Ely replaces Bobby Young, who left Costa Mesa last summer for a private-sector job. Young, who worked at City Hall for 13 years, was the city's finance and information technology director. The positions have since been split in an effort to bring better expertise to each role.