Dana Point Hires County Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny as Deputy City Manager


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Dana Point Hires County Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny as Deputy City Manager

Dana Point, CA – The City of Dana Point has hired Mark Denny as its Deputy City Manager – Director of Public Works and Community Services. Denny comes to Dana Point after more than a decade of service at the County of Orange both as the Director of OC Parks from 2006 – 2013 and as the County’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the past three years.

As Deputy City Manager, Denny will specifically manage the City’s Community Services and Parks as well as Public Works and Engineering departments. His longtime experience at the County providing management and oversight for these and other sectors of public service will be an invaluable resource to the City.

“Mark has proven himself to be a strong leader in his service at the County,” said Dana Point City Manager Doug Chotkevys. “Under his leadership, OC Parks acquired 20,000 acres of pristine open space at no cost to the taxpayers. Additionally, he raised the profile of OC Parks winning dozens of national awards and serving as president of the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO).”

In a memo to the internal leadership at the County, CEO Frank Kim said Denny would be missed as the County’s COO. “This is a great career move for Mark as he will be able to focus on areas in which he is passionate – parks and public works,” said Kim. “He has been a valued member of the CEO’s Executive Team for the past three years and has served the County well for more than a decade.”