The City of Del Mar bid farewell to City Manager Scott Huth this week.
Mayor Ellie Haviland issued an official proclamation and the City’s staff hosted a luncheon Tuesday at the Powerhouse Community Center.
After eight years as Del Mar’s top executive and 30 years in public service, Huth retired on Wednesday.
During Tuesday’s reception, past and present City employees -- Huth said he preferred to call them "co-workers" -- credited him for helping to advance their careers.
Others praised his leadership for bringing a number of capital projects to completion, including: the award-winning Del Mar Civic Center; Downtown Streetscape Project; lifeguard department headquarters, segments of River Path Del Mar and the retrofit of the North Torrey Pines Road Bridge. Thousands of feet of new sidewalks and bike lanes were completed.
Huth negotiated and oversaw Del Mar’s wastewater connection to San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, a move that has increased efficiency and lowered costs for ratepayers.
He managed infrastructure emergencies after landslides closed portions of Camino del Mar and Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
During Huth’s tenure, Del Mar adopted a Climate Action Plan and advanced plans to offer electricity to residents from renewable sources. He encouraged a culture of eco-friendliness at City Hall.
He brought forward policies and programs for public art and, on the financial side, delivered balanced budgets to the City Council every June.
Huth’s next steps are to surf, sail and travel in a new Sprinter van with his wife, Rhonda.
Huth’s replacement, Christa Johnson, is set to begin on Tuesday
Open the Proclamation for Scott Huth (PDF).