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July 29, 2013 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Manager Douglas Williford announced today that he has appointed Majed Al-Ghafry as the new Assistant City Manager.  Al-Ghafry currently serves as the Director of Public Works for the City of San Antonio, Texas, the nation’s 7th largest city.  Prior to that, Al-Ghafry served as the Director of Public Works for the City of North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Al-Ghafry served in local government in the San Diego area prior to his out-of-state experience, having worked as an engineer for the City of Chula Vista for many years and as Director of Public Works for the City of Lemon Grove.  He is a registered civil engineer and earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Al-Ghafry replaces Doug Williford, who was promoted to City Manager, filling a vacancy left by Kathi Henry.

City Manager Williford stated, “The City of El Cajon is extremely pleased to have added such a highly qualified and experienced individual to its staff.  We look forward to his contributions in moving the City forward and working alongside the City Manager and City Council, in particular, with the business and development community, as well as all of our residents.”

Al-Ghafry will serve as director of both the Community Development and the Public Works Departments. Williford stated, “Bringing Majed aboard represents a major move on this City’s part to coordinate all development operations of both major development departments into a single management team and a single voice, in direct concert with the City Manager’s Office and the City Council.  I expect the next ten years in El Cajon to be a decade of growth, renewal, re-branding and new direction for this great City.  Our new Assistant City Manager will play a critical role in this City’s future.”

Al-Ghafry stated: “It is a privilege and an honor to be selected for this position, and I am excited to work alongside the City of El Cajon’s leadership in pursuit of excellence, while serving our community.” He is scheduled to begin working for the City in late August.

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