• Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Will Honor City Employee of the Year

    The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will honor the City Employee of the Year at a reception on Thursday, March 12, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Passionfish, 701 Lighthouse Ave. The event will be hosted by restaurant owners Ted and Cindy Walter and is open to the public free of charge.

    This year’s award recipient is Public Works Superintendent Daniel Gho, a City employee since 2008 who was appointed to his present post in February 2014.

    Dan Gho

    Dan Gho

     

    Announcement of the award was made by Moe Ammar, President of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, who said Gho was selected by the Chamber Board of Directors and City Manager Thomas Frutchey for his contributions to the quality of life in Pacific Grove, above and beyond the call of duty.

    This is the 32nd annual celebration for this prestigious award created by then-Chamber President Marabee Boone and then-City Manager Gary Bales.

    Among accomplishments that Gho has been involved in has been the community effort for the new Stillwell Children’s Pool at Lovers Point, a collaborative project by the City and Heritage Society of Pacific Grove to restore the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and continued improvements to streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, sewers, parks, handicap access, and other infrastructure.

    This is in addition to other collaborative efforts to protect Monterey Bay, to coordinate with the City of Monterey to ensure a seamless transition of the bayfront recreation trail as it goes from one city to the other, and to work with school officials to create safe walkways for students going to and from school.

    Gho said he is focused on the City’s infrastructure needs, and in cooperation with the City Council and management staff wants to develop new projects to meet those needs.

    He heads a staff of 20 full-time employees, plus two other full-time employees, one for recreation and the other for environmental programs. Besides handling public works projects, his department also maintains the City’s fleet of vehicles and its buildings and grounds, including the cemetery, and provides other services, among them responding to emergencies during weather events and for other occurrences.

    Gho joined the City staff in September 2008 as Golf Course Superintendent and continued until April 2014, when the City-owned Pacific Grove Golf Links was leased to a private operator. Meanwhile, he took on added duties in 2013 as Parks and Recreation Manager/Program Manager and as Public Works Superintendent in February 2014.

    As Golf Course Superintendent, Gho provided “a fresh set of eyes” for the maintenance of the fairways, tees, greens and sand traps, including developing new programs.

    Gho and his wife, Brynn, who works in the Administrative Office at Casa de Fruta on the Pacheco Pass, have two daughters, Isabella, 10, and Claire, 7.

    Raised in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Gho earned a Bachelor’s Degree in parks and recreation with an emphasis on maintenance at Chico State University. While in college, he did landscaping work, and before he joined the City staff, he was Assistant Golf Superintendent at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 13, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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