Update 12:55 p.m. May 2, 2014, with corrected name.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has shuffled his executives, prompted by the upcoming departure of the city’s deputy chief operating officer for internal operations.

Jeff Sturak is leaving May 30 to pursue other opportunities, according to the mayor’s office. He previously worked for the city’s independent budget analyst and was on the staff of ex-Mayor Bob Filner.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Photo by Chris Stone

The new assignments are:

  • Ron Villa, currently the deputy chief operating officer for neighborhood services and a 28-year veteran of city employment, will take over Sturak’s job.
  • David Graham, a former mayoral aide who is now chief of staff for Councilman Mark Kersey, will assume Villa’s post.

“Ron Villa’s experience with the city of San Diego provides him with the institutional knowledge necessary to succeed in his new position and ensure all city departments are performing efficiently and effectively,” Faulconer said in a statement. “David Graham’s background and passion for land-use issues, economic development and civic engagement make him an ideal choice to lead the city’s neighborhood services branch.”

Faulconer said Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick made the changes with his backing.

In a reorganization instituted by then-Interim Mayor Todd Gloria last fall, the city has one chief operating officer and an assistant chief operating officer, Stacey LoMedico.

Under them are the three deputy chief operating officers who oversee specific areas of city operations. After internal operations and neighborhood services, the third area is infrastructure and public works, supervised by Tony Heinrichs.

Faulconer has been shaping his team since his election win in February. He took office the next month.

– City News Service

The original posting of this story misidentified David Graham.