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Faulconer shuffles deputy COOs

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer reshuffled several of the top jobs in City Hall on Thursday involving two deputy chief operating officers that Interim Mayor Todd Gloria named last November.

Ron Villa, deputy COO of neighborhood services, was named to replace Jeff Sturak as deputy COO of internal operations, seven months after Gloria appointed them to their posts.

In his new position, Villa will oversee analytics, performance, communications, human resources, information technology, purchasing, contracting and real estate assets.

Villa has spent 28 years working for the city, including a stint as director of the financial management department and eight years as administrative services manager for the San Diego Police Department.

"Ron Villa’s experience with the city of San Diego provides him with the institutional knowledge necessary to succeed in his new position and ensure all city departments are performing efficiently and effectively,” Faulconer said.

Villa's former post at neighborhood services will be filled by David Graham, currently the chief of staff to City Councilmember Mark Kersey. Graham has 15 years of experience in public policy, including a stint heading the city's office of economic growth services. Faulconer said his experience with land-use issues, economic development and civic engagement were particularly well-suited to the new job.

Sturak, meanwhile, is slated to leave his post on May 30 to pursue other unspecified opportunities, according to a release from Faulconer's office.

Before his promotion last November, Sturak was director of the city's financial management department after previous posts that included work in the office of the independent budget analyst and office of special events. Faulconer thanked him for his "professionalism and outstanding management of city operations" and wished him good luck.

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