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La Verne Hires New Public Works Director and Restructures Community Services Department

April 21, 2021

LA VERNE – The City of La Verne is proud to announce the hiring of new Public Works Director Shawn Igoe and creation of the Community Services Manager position, which former Recreation Supervisor Yvonne Duran will fill. These staffing changes will enhance internal and external City operations as well as ensure that the City is prepared for the continued reopening of community programs.

Following the recent retirement of Dan Keesey, the City hired Shawn Igoe to fill the vacant Public Works Director position. Igoe most recently served as the Maintenance Division Manager for the City of Manhattan Beach, helping lead the city through the completion of a $32 million water reservoir project. During his nearly 20 years of experience in local government Igoe has managed varied and complex assignments in the region, including working on the original Gold Line extension through Monrovia where he served for 13 years, and a number of streets, urban forestry, facilities, fleet and utilities-related projects. Igoe also has an extensive educational background with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as several water distribution and treatment certifications from the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Shawn is a great fit for the City of La Verne, bringing the perfect mix of experience and understanding for local government while also having a personality that I am confident will fit in with fellow staff members and serve residents well,” said Bob Russi, La Verne City Manager. “I look forward to him integrating into and becoming a key member of our team.”

In addition to Igoe joining the La Verne team, exciting changes are also coming to the Community Services Department. After the retirement of Community Services Director Bill Aguirre, the La Verne City Council approved a reorganization of the Community Services Department that included adding a Community Services Manager and Community Services Supervisor position. An extensive recruitment process was conducted resulting in the promotion of Yvonne Duran to Community Services Manager.

Duran has been working for the City for eight years overseeing the Community Center operations and implementing new programs for young and elderly residents alike. She was also vital in securing grant funding for improvements to Veteran’s Hall as well as for the new inclusion playground at Las Flores Park. Prior to her multifunctional role at the City of La Verne, Duran served as a recreation specialist with the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District in Camarillo. She received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management from California State University Northridge.

“Yvonne is incredibly dedicated to the City of La Verne and its residents. When COVID-19 hit, she was pivotal in maintaining and adapting the City’s much-loved community programs as well as implementing new ones like the Senior Curbside Lunch Program,” said Russi. “She has already proven herself invaluable and I can’t wait to see what innovative and new ideas she’ll bring to the table in her expanded role overseeing all aspects of the City’s Community Services operations.”

As a result of Yvonne’s promotion, Chad Peterson, will also be promoted to the Community Services Supervisor position.


Contact: JR Ranells

Telephone: (909) 596-8726

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