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NEWS ADVISORY

March 21, 2008
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi promotes Wally Sandelin to Public Works director

Wally Sandelin, Lodi's deputy public works director, will take over his department following Director Richard Prima's retirement on April 4.

Sandelin, who began his tenure with the City of Lodi in 2000 as city engineer, was named deputy public works director last year.

"Wally brings a nice balance to the job, in terms of his ability to work with the front-line workers, supervisors and professionals," City Manager Blair King said. "He's efficient and gets things done. We are fortunate to have someone who can step into the position of director and who has experience in Lodi."

Sandelin will earn an annual salary of $138,750. The Lodi City Council will be asked to ratify his employment agreement at a future meeting.

Sandelin has a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis; and has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UC Davis. He is active in the Lodi community through his work with a Lodi service club.

"It's a honor being chosen," Sandelin said Friday after King announced his promotion to City staff. "The quality of the Public Works Department is a key to the quality of life in Lodi. My goal is to see that we continue providing a high level of service to the community."

Before becoming an engineer, Sandelin owned a travel agency in Fort Bragg.

"I'm very pleased for Wally and the City of Lodi," said Prima, who retires in April after nearly 33 years with the City, the last 10 as public works director. "I don't know of a better person for the job. He's got the enthusiasm, the knowledge for the job, and he knows the community."

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