• Former Monterey City Manager Meurer joins Panetta Institute

    The Panetta Institute announced today that Fred Meurer will join the Institute as director of an initiative to develop a new and expanded center for the Institute. Meurer will also guide the development program to help fund the construction of the new center. The plans are that this building will be located on the California State University, Monterey Bay campus.

    Meurer recently retired from the City of Monterey after nearly 28 years of service as the City’s public works director and city manager. During his time with Monterey, Meurer was intimately involved with planning and fund raising for the Monterey Sports Center and a later expansion of the Sports Center. While public works director, he also managed planning and execution of the construction of Window on the Bay, the Cannery Row garage, the Recreation Trail and a number of other projects in the City. Prior to going to work for the City, Meurer was the public works and housing director at Fort Ord.  During his time at Fort Ord, he was responsible for the planning, construction and operations of all of the facilities at Fort Ord, the Presidio of Monterey and Fort Hunter Liggett.

    In announcing the appointment, former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, “Fred Meurer was part of the initial concept development and fund raising effort that created California State University, Monterey Bay after the closure of Fort Ord.”  Secretary Panetta said that he and Meurer have worked together for more than 30 years in support of the military mission in Monterey, the initial reuse planning of Fort Ord, and the initial expansion of the Defense Language Institute (DLI).  “I believe that Fred can help Sylvia and me take the Institute to an expanded role in public service and policy development for the community and the nation.” Panetta also highlighted that the experience that Meurer gained as the community leader/spokesman for the defense of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and DLI during the 1993, 1995, and 2005 Base Closure rounds will be helpful in planning for the future of the Panetta Institute’s role in relationship to the communities’ military, education and research assets.

    Sylvia Panetta, the chief executive officer of the Institute, noted that she and Secretary Panetta recruited Mr. Meurer to join the Institute because of a long working relationship.  “We have a very high level of trust and confidence in Fred’s technical, organizational and leadership abilities,” said Mrs. Panetta.  “In addition to the technical skills Mr. Meurer possesses, he has been a guest instructor/presenter for classes at the Institute in strategic planning, leadership, municipal finance and public administration.  His passion for public service, coupled with his curriculum and teaching experience, will be very helpful in developing a new center to respond to the future requirements of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.”

    Meurer stated that, “I am very excited to be returning to my roots at Fort Ord and to have the opportunity to be part of the Panetta Institute, working with Leon and Sylvia Panetta who understand leadership and share an exciting vision for the future.”
    Meurer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1966.  He graduated from Stanford University with Masters Degrees in construction management and in water resource planning in 1971.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 24, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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