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Department Organizational Structure


Andy Field, Director 619-235-1110

Karen Dennison, Assistant Director 619-235-1188

Tom Tomlinson, Assistant Director 619-533-3187

202 C Street, MS 39
San Diego, CA 92101


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Administrative Services Division

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Louis Merlin, Deputy Director (619) 235-5913

  • Information Systems Management 

Jon Richards, Assistant Deputy Director (619) 533-6527

  • Human Resources
  • Safety
  • Training

Michele Kelley, Program Manager

  • Finance and Budget

Michelle Abella-Shon, Program Manager

  • Asset Management
  • Capital Improvements and Grants Program


Citywide Maintenance Services Division

Deputy Director, Vacant

Community Parks I Division

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Steve Palle, Deputy Director (619) 235-1103
Geographic by Council Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7

  • Neighborhood, Community, and Mini Parks
  • Recreation Centers
  • Joint Use Operations
  • After School Programs
  • Downtown Maintenance
  • Naval Training Center Community Park

Community Parks II Division

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Gina Dulay, Deputy Director (619) 525-8221
Geographic by Council Districts 3, 4, 8, and 9

  • Neighborhood, Community, and Mini Parks
  • Recreation Centers
  • Joint Use Operations
  • After School Programs
  • Citywide Recreation Programs:
    • Aquatics
    • Therapeutic Recreation Services Program
    • Age Well Services Program
  • Mount Hope Cemetery

Tim Graham, Program Coordinator 619-525-8226

  • Animal Services

Developed Regional Parks Division

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Mike Tully, Deputy Director (619) 235-1100

  • Beach and Shoreline Park Maintenance
  • Citywide Maintenance Services (including moving, sweeping, aquatic features, park forestry and irrigation)

Christina Chadwick, Assistant Deputy Director (619) 533-6518

  • Balboa Park Operations, Maintenance, and Park Ranger Program
    • Civic Dance Arts
  • Mission Bay Park Operations, Maintenance, and Park Ranger Program
  • Presidio Park Operations, Maintenance, and Park Ranger Program

Michael Ruiz, Chief Park Ranger 619-235-1153

Golf Operations Division

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Scott Bentley, Deputy Director (858) 552-1634
John Howard, Assistant Deputy Director (858) 552-1785

  • Management of the City’s Municipal Golf Complexes at Torrey Pines, Balboa Park and Mission Bay
  • Operations and events at the City Golf Courses

Devin Cullen, Senior Golf Course Superintendent,  (858) 552-1619

  • Maintenance of Torrey Pines North and South Golf Courses

Wayne Carpenter, Senior Golf Course Superintendent (619) 235-1183

  • Maintenance of Balboa 18 and 9 Golf Courses and Mission Bay Golf Course

Open Space Division

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Erika Ferreira, Deputy Director (619) 685-1323

  • Brush Management of City-Owned Open Space
  • Citywide Open Space Coordination and Maintenance
  • Gas Tax Street Median Maintenance Program
  • Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) and Vernal Pool Habitat Conservation Program (VPHCP) Compliance
  • Open Space Regional Parks and Park Ranger Program:
    • Black Mountain Open Space
    • Chollas Lake and Creek
    • Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
    • Mission Trails Regional Park
    • Otay Valley Regional Park
    • Tri-Canyon, including Tecolote, Marian Bear, Mission Valley Preserve, and Rose Canyon
    • Urban Canyons
  • San Diego River Planning Support

Maintenance Assessment District (MADs)

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Michael Jones, Assistant Deputy Director (619) 685-1307

  • Special Benefits for Public Amenities, including:
    • Greenbelts
    • Open Space (enhanced and natural)
    • Parkway landscaping
    • Parks
    • Streetlights
    • Street medians (landscape and hardscape}

Recreation Services

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Sarah Erazo, Deputy Director (619) 525-8211

  • Recreation programming and events

Salome Martinez, Program Manager 619-613-7448

  • Recreation Equity