New Public Works Director to Make $200,000, Starts Job in March

Raul Rojas has been hired as the County of Marin's new Director of Public Works, to replace the retiring Bob Beaumont.

Raul Rojas, Marin County’s new Director of Public Works, will start work at the Marin Civic Center on March 24, 2014.
Raul Rojas, Marin County’s new Director of Public Works, will start work at the Marin Civic Center on March 24, 2014.

The following news release was submitted for publication by the County of Marin: 

Raul Rojas, the City of Bakersfield’s Director of Public Works for the past 20 years, has been chosen as the replacement for the retiring Bob Beaumont, Marin County’s Director of Public Works.


The Marin County Board of Supervisors plan to vote on the recommendation of County Administrator Matthew Hymel during their regular meetingFeb. 25. If the appointment is approved, Rojas would start his new job March 24.


Rojas, a native of Torrance, Calif., has run a Bakersfield department with 420 employees and an annual operating budget of $111 million, a figure that includes about $50 million for solid waste disposal and waste water treatment functions that the County of Marin does not similarly handle. Beaumont has been charged with overseeing 226 employees with an annual operating budget of $42.7 million for 2013-14. Both cities have General Fund Public Works operating budgets of about $25 million.


Although Rojas has an especially strong background in street and transportation projects, he has extensive experience with large and politically sensitive projects such as construction of downtown Bakersfield’s 10,225-seat multipurpose arena, a $1.3 billion freeway expansion project and a $220 million sewer expansion that garnered national awards. Customer service and a friendly work atmosphere are also high priorities, he said.


“I’m very excited to join the County of Marin executive management team and be part of the future of a very exciting county,” Rojas said. ”What excited me about the position was the progress that’s been made on environmental issues and the approach County management has to hearing all input from constituents and employees to make sure quality of life is always part of the process.”


Rojas, who earned a civil engineering degree from University of Southern California in 1981, spent one year (2001) as a deputy city engineer in the City of Los Angeles but otherwise spent the past two decades in his director role in Bakersfield. He worked in several capacities for the City of Los Angeles at the start of his career and later worked for the cities of Pico Rivera and Upland prior to this Bakersfield position.


“We feel fortunate to find someone with Raul’s progressive management approach to lead our talented team of County employees,” said Board of Supervisors President Kate Sears. “We are confident that he will collaborate with all our community partners to address the important issues we face such as watershed management, climate change and sea-level rise.”   


Rojas’ annual salary will be $197,059, and he will receive a one-time $10,000 relocation payment. His benefits will be consistent with those received by other department heads.


Beaumont is finishing a County of Marin career that began in 1982, when he was hired to manage repairs to road infrastructure resulting from the storms that caused $80 million in damage countywide. Eventually he moved on to become assistant chief of the Land Development Division, chief of the Land Use and Water Resources Division, deputy DPW director and chief assistant DPW director before being named to replace departing director Farhad Mansourian in 2011.


Beaumont said Public Works has made remarkable progress in areas such as road and building infrastructure, flood control, fish passage, energy efficiency and accessibility.


“Our greatest accomplishment, though, has been in the people we’ve been able to bring into the department,” he said. “The future is bright. Raul will be stepping into a great organization with a strong team. Having spent half of my life here, it’s rewarding to be able to hand over the reins to someone of his caliber.”


Beaumont’s final work day will be March 28.

Michael February 19, 2014 at 07:45 PM
"His benefits will be consistent with those received by other department heads." Are the benefits received by other department heads consistent with the will of the voters? We need to reduce the cost of government NOT make it consistent with whatever was done in the past. We know that government benefits were out of control and many voters feel they are still out of control. At $200,000/year this job should have no retirement benefits at all other than a 401 K (no matching funds) that the employee can participate in or not (just like in the real world outside of government workers). Nothing changes does it. Pitiful.
Bubba six pack February 19, 2014 at 08:15 PM
You get what you pay for, and this is a lot better than $400,000 for an assistant fire chief. The pay issue aside, I'm impressed with his expertise in waste management. It sounds like he could consolidate the waste management functions of all of the cities into one department, lay off redundant positions, and save money for all of the cities in the county, while rolling the county waste management into the pile also. Corte Madera and Larkspur merged their police and fire departments and saved money. Now it's time to look at consolidation of fire (one chief), sewer(Veola has almost the whole county already, so the separate boards are just overpaid middlemen who run their own books), police(all the cities borrow our dogs, so why not share the cost), and road crews(why buy duplicate equipment that sits idle much of the time). The only thing i don't want to see consolidated is Agenda 21 (Affordable Housing).
Desperation February 19, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Raul Rojas, the City of Bakersfield’s Director of Public Works for the past 20 years. Is this man also a double dipper ? Is he collecting a retirement and Benefits from Bakersfield ? Or is he just getting more in the Pension as won't need the Benefits . Where are you Bubba you are sleeping ?
Bubba six pack February 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but this problem could be solved by putting all public employees on the same retirement system.
novato 3per February 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM
CALpers, I believe that's the portable plan among agencies.
Bubba six pack February 20, 2014 at 09:20 PM
There should be a law against double dipping, as it games the system, but we need the politicians to pass it, and they're the ones who double dip the most.
M. Manzano February 21, 2014 at 09:32 AM
We won't be able to support this guy's income at that price. Just wait and see if this bill SB 10005 passes that is proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara, the Democrat from Bell Gardens. They want us to give 2,600,000+ illegal immigrants MediCal health insurance. We can't afford this. They need to stop treating California workers like livestock. Perhaps they need to see Animal Farm again. Stupid humans never learn from history.
novato 3per February 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Work harder, millions are counting on you. Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money. Lets see how many more businesses and working folks we can chase off to Texas. While we're at it, they've got a billion dollar bullet train from nowhere to nowhere to sell you!
M. Manzano February 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Texas is looking better every day.
Hopkin February 21, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Texas will be following behind CA soon enough. https://www.google.com/#q=texas+%22sanctuary+city%22


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