Gabriel Karam, 62, served as the MHCSD development manager from 2003 to 2007 and most recently retired as the general services director for the San Joaquin County General Services Department after three years.
Board President Steven Gutierrez said Karam’s experience placed him above the other candidates.
“It’s very impressive,” Gutierrez said. “We’re very fortunate to have him as our interim. We had numerous candidates and it was a competitive process, but Mr. Karam stood leaps and bounds (above). He won’t have a learning curve. He can come in jogging.”
Before working as the county general services director, Karam wore several other hats at the county level, including facilities manager, director of capital projects, division head of public services and solid waste engineer.
Karam said he was eager to return to Mountain House.
“I just love it,” he said. “I was a part of issuing the first 1,000 (building) permits. I love the concept and beauty of this town; such a beautiful place.”
Pending final approval by the board, Karam is scheduled to begin his new position Monday.
At the end of Wednesday night’s regular meeting, the board adjourned to a closed session at 8 a.m. today to finalize Karam’s appointment. Approval of his contract is on the agenda for an open-session meeting at 7 p.m. today at the CSD office.
Directors Gutierrez, Celeste Farron, Jim Lamb and Bernice King Tingle interviewed Karam and several other candidates in closed session Tuesday in the district office at 230 Sterling Drive, Gutierrez said. Absent from the interviews was Director Andy Su.
The interview process took about four hours behind closed doors, and only the best and most qualified were asked to come in for interviews, Gutierrez said.
Karam is expected to serve at least six months while the board searches for a replacement for Janice McClintock, whose contract as the general manager was terminated June 24.
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