City of Tracy Announces Selection of New Public Works Director
Posted: Dec 22, 2015
Location: Tracy, Calif.
The City of Tracy is pleased to announce the selection of its new Public Works Director, Don Scholl. Scholl, 51, joined the City of Tracy in 1999 as a Parks Supervisor and was later promoted to Parks, Sports Fields & Trees Superintendent. Following the retirement of former Public Works Director, David Ferguson, in October 2015, Scholl was appointed as Interim Public Works Director. After a competitive recruitment process, Scholl was selected as the leading candidate for the position.
While serving as Parks, Sports Fields & Trees Superintendent, Scholl and his crew implemented new sports field maintenance standards and practices that elevated Tracy’s sports fields to conditions that are considered among the best in the region. He also established tree pruning cycles for the City’s urban forest and has been working with the newly formed Tracy Tree Foundation, and others to advance a more comprehensive tree replanting program. Over the years, Scholl has helped establish positive working relationships between the City of Tracy and many local sports leagues and community groups. Scholl has also managed the transition of a new contractor for Landscape Maintenance District services. His time spent as the liaison to the City’s water and wastewater treatment staff, and multiple assignments as both Acting and Interim Public Works Director, prepared him for the position of Public Works Director.
“I am excited at the opportunity to expand my service to the Tracy community. The organization has been very good to me over my first 14 plus years here. I look forward to working with this great staff to make the City a safer and better place for its residents, businesses and visitors to live, work and play. It is an awesome responsibility that I intend to uphold,” stated Don Scholl. "I cannot express enough the importance of my family's love, support and understanding throughout my career. They've truly been my inspiration."
Prior to working for the City of Tracy, Scholl served as a Parks Supervisor with the City of Modesto where he oversaw the maintenance and operations of numerous parks including John Thurman Field and the Tuolumne River Regional Park. He was the lead manager on Modesto’s community-wide beautification program – ‘Color Modesto’ where he worked with staff and hundreds of volunteers to improve the overall community. Prior to that role, he served as Modesto’s Golf Program manager (including managing the recovery from damages to two courses devastated by the 1997 floods), and as a Golf Course Supervisor at Creekside Golf Course. Prior to entering full-time government service Scholl worked for Cagwin & Dorward Landscape at such sites as Chevron Business Park in San Ramon and Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton.
Scholl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and is one of fewer than 200 Certified Sports Fields Managers worldwide. He also recently completed four years of service on the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees – serving two years as its Board President. He and his wife Becky have been married for 29 years and reside in the Linden area. Becky is a 4th grade teacher for Manteca Unified School District. His daughter Megan teaches for the San Joaquin County Office of Education and is married to Eric Smith – a firefighter for the Manteca Lathrop Fire District. His son Collin is a junior at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Scholl began his duties as Public Work’s Director on December 16th.
City of Tracy – City Manager’s Office