City appoints new acting director for public works department

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Berkeley’s public works director is retiring after almost eight years of service in the position, according to a Wednesday memo to Berkeley City Council.

Andrew Clough, who supervised all public works from planning through the operational phase, will be replaced by Phil Harrington, the city’s deputy director of public works, according to the memo. Clough assumed the position in 2011 after his predecessor, Claudette Ford, retired.

Harrington will serve as the acting director of public works, effective immediately, according to the memo. Harrington, a UC Berkeley alumnus, has been the department’s deputy director since 2012.

“He’s obviously an excellent person to lead the department,” said city spokesperson Matthai Chakko.

According to Councilmember Kriss Worthington, the public works department is now the fifth city department to have an interim head. City Manager Christine Daniel announced in June her resignation and will leave the position Friday.

“Fortunately, Berkeley has hundreds of very talented employees, and if we work together, we can ease this transition,” Worthington said.

Harrington previously held positions of director and deputy director of public works for the city of Antioch. He will be receiving an $180,000 salary as acting director — the same as what Clough made as director, Chakko said.

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