STOCKTON — Gordon MacKay no longer is director of public works for the city of Stockton.


MacKay, 59, left the position on April 29, according to city spokesperson Connie Cochran, who could not comment further as it is a personnel matter.


On Thursday, MacKay said he planned to retire next year but "the city manager (Harry Black) decided that he wanted to do something else, so I retired a little bit beforehand. I left because he wanted me to leave."


Jodi Almassy has been named interim public works director. She was hired by the city in 2005 as a junior civil engineer. She was promoted to senior civil engineer and since 2017 had been the deputy director of the Public Works Department, which is responsible for street maintenance, street lights, city vehicles, garbage and recycling pickup, traffic planning and management, and the city’s large capital improvement construction projects. The department has 150 full- and part-time employees, according to the city’s webpage last reviewed on Dec. 19, 2018.


MacKay was hired as the city’s deputy director of public works in 2001, and was promoted to director in 2013 to replace Robert Murdoch, who left for a similar job in Monterey.


MacKay said there were many successes to reflect on over his 18-plus years with the city.


"The thing that stands out the most as far as being difficult to deal with and manage to get through it was the whole financial crisis of the bankruptcy and transitioning to a different model to provide services in a way that was more affordable," MacKay said.


MacKay said he will take some time to decompress before he possibly explores opportunities as a consultant.


MacKay has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia with an emphasis in water resource and municipal engineering. He has more than 30 years of combined experience in infrastructure design and construction, traffic and transportation, and teaching and management experience.


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