Hamilton to Be Named Chief of Centre City Development

Times Staff Writer

A selection committee is expected to announce today that Centre City Development Corp. executive Pamela Hamilton will become the new head of the downtown redevelopment agency, sources said Monday.

Hamilton, 43, has been acting executive vice president since Gerald Trimble left the agency in February to take a redevelopment job with the University of Southern California.

The announcement that a three-person selection committee headed by CCDC board chairman John Davies has picked Hamilton is to be made at a 9:30 a.m. press conference today at the CCDC offices downtown.

Hamilton is a veteran of redevelopment and urban renewal and worked at Trimble's right hand for the past several years. Before joining CCDC, she was director of housing and redevelopment in La Mesa from 1978 to 1982.

Graduated With Honors

Before that she was a consultant with Urban Projects Inc. of Los Angeles from 1977-78. And, from 1968 to 1977, she was employed with the federal department of Housing and Urban Development in both Los Angeles and Washington.

She attended Florida State University, receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees there. She received a masters degree in political science, graduating with highest honors. Hamilton is chairman of the board of directors of the AMI Valley Medical Center in El Cajon.

She is single and lives in Point Loma.

Today's expected announcement, which must be ratified by a majority of the seven-member CCDC board of directors, is the end in a long process that began shortly after Trimble left.

In late spring, the selection committee led by Davies had narrowed its choices to three finalists. Hamilton was not among them.

But, in June, after the top candidate, San Jose's redevelopment director Frank Taylor, dropped out of the running, the selection committee went back to work.

Hamilton has been receiving a salary of about $91,000 a year. When Trimble held the post, he was paid a salary of $105,300 annually.

Times San Diego County Business Editor Chris Kraul contributed to this report.

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