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Jennifer Campbell
Jennifer Campbell was named the city's acting city manager on May 18. Courtesy photo

Encinitas City Council appoints acting city manager

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council unanimously appointed former Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Campbell as the new acting city manager during its May 18 closed meeting.

Campbell is currently working alongside current city manager Karen Brust, who officially retires on June 12 after serving in the role for five years.

Immediately after Brust announced her retirement, Assistant City Manager Mark Delin served as interim director until Campbell’s position was announced on May 20.

While Campbell is acting city manager, her salary has been adjusted to reflect the increase in responsibility. Brust will also receive her established salary until her retirement.

Upon Brust’s official retirement, Campbell’s title will transition to “interim city manager” until the City of Encinitas hires a permanent replacement.

“In my new acting role, I look forward to working with the City Council, residents and employees for the good for the City,” Campbell wrote to the Coast News.

Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in recreational management from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in leadership and public administration from Northern Arizona University.

With a total of 22 years in government service, Campbell began her career as assistant city manager in Glendale, Arizona, before moving to Encinitas in 2016 to fill the position of director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts. Brust hired Campbell to her former position.

Brust is retiring after serving as Encinitas’ city manager for 5 years, having spent 35 total years serving in local government holding additional city manager positions in Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano.

In an internal city email received by The Coast News, Brust addressed fellow city employees upon announcing her retirement, “Please know that it has been a privilege and an honor to lead you as your City Manager for nearly five years.  I have truly enjoyed working with many of you during my tenure and feel that our accomplishments as a City and a community have been substantial and will be lasting.”

Both Campbell and Brust are currently working from home, planning a smooth transition for the city manager position until a permanent replacement is hired.

Travis Karlen, the former manager of recreational services, replaced Campbell and is now the acting director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.


Jeremy K. June 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm

We shall see if Mrs. Campbell approves of our fire department supporting a political rally on city time, waving and honking the horn of an Encinitas Fire Department truck in support of a Trump inspired rally.

100 people broke off and marched to the Mayors home in Cardiff, harassing and intimidating her and her family…. zero police response. No problems here.

Interesting to watch peaceful assembly in DC get tear gassed, citizens being roughed up nationwide, but zero action on actual unlawful gatherings.

Craig Nelson June 3, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Caitlin , why didn’t you post her salary ? Park N Rec …omg , Encinitas is now a sitcom.

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