NEWPORT BEACH -- Returning to his hometown after a 7-year stint as
Seal Beach's public works director, Stephen G. Badum will take on the
same job here starting June 18.
Badum said he had been interested in the position for quite some time
and actually left Newport Beach to return later on.
"I knew I needed more experience at a higher level," he said, adding
that he'll be able to build on his experience in Seal Beach -- a beach
city with many issues similar to those of Newport Beach, such as beach
access, erosion, a high daytime population and summer traffic.
City Manager Homer Bludau announced Badum's arrival at Tuesday's
council meeting. Don Webb, who holds the position, will retire after
working for the city for 33 years.
Bludau said Badum was a perfect fit for Newport Beach because he has
lived in the city for 15 years and worked as an engineering manager in
the city's Public Works Department from 1988 to 1995 before taking the
job in Seal Beach.
In that city, Badum secured $14.7 million in grants for public works
programs and set up strategic infrastructure planning for street pavement
management, water and sewer, as well as ocean water quality and storm
In Newport Beach, Badum will oversee the department's $34.8-million
budget, as has been proposed for the 2001-02 fiscal year.
Badum has a master's degree in public administration from Cal State
Long Beach and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in the Lido Sands area
with his wife, Lynda, and twins, Stephanie and Thomas.