DEL MAR — City Council voted unanimously at the June 6 meeting to appoint Mark Ochenduszko as interim city manager. He will replace Karen Brust, who resigned after almost four years in Del Mar to take the same position in San Juan Capistrano.
Ochenduszko most recently served as city manager for Coronado from 1999 until his retirement in 2010. He previously held the same position in Campbell, a Northern California city, and the city of Cypress, near Los Angeles. He also served as assistant city manager in Temecula.
“We are extremely lucky to find Mark,” said Councilman Carl Hilliard, who worked with Mayor Don Mosier to find an interim city manager. “(He’s) very qualified (and) fits us like a glove.”
Mosier said that after looking at a number of other resumes, he and Hilliard found Ochenduszko to be the most qualified. They also spoke with members of the Coronado City Council, who gave him the highest possible recommendation.
During his tenure, Coronado built a new City Hall — a goal in Del Mar — and other community facilities, Mosier said.
Ochenduszko will receive $15,000 per month without benefits while the city continues the recruitment process. His month-to-month contract is valid for six months and is renewable. Ochenduszko or the city can terminate the contract with a 30-day written notification.
“In looking at what you have planned, you have a very ambitious agenda,” Ochenduszko said. “I look forward to being a part of that and helping you accomplish the things that are of interest to you.
“I think they’re all good for the city of Del Mar and I look forward to being a part of your team for the months ahead,” he said.
Brust’s resignation is effective June 29.
“I know you’ll start July 1 but everybody in Del Mar works extra hours for free,” Mosier said before presenting Ochenduszko with the contract.