Menlo Park promotes interim transportation manager, police commander to permanent posts


The city of Menlo Park recently announced that two employees who held interim management positions have been appointed to the respective permanent posts.

Transportation manager

Nikki Nagaya is no longer the interim transportation manager for the city of Menlo Park. Her permanent appointment was announced by the city on Feb. 13.

She was appointed interim manager in June 2014 after Jesse Quirion was promoted to interim (now also permanent) public works director following the departure of Chip Taylor.

Ms. Nagaya, who joined the city as a senior transportation engineer nearly two years ago, previously spent seven years with Fehr & Peers transportation consultants, working on bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning in the South Bay.

She earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Bucknell University, and has been licensed as a professional engineer in California since 2010.

Police commander

William Dixon, who joined the Menlo Park Police Department as an officer in 1997, now holds the rank of commander after serving as interim commander of patrol operations since January 2014.

He was selected in 2003 as one of the first members of the Narcotics Enforcement Team, and has served as a training officer, project manager for implementing new technology and internal affairs investigator.

Cmdr. Dixon received a bachelor's degree in human services from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, where he is now working on a master's degree in public administration, according to the city.

— Sandy Brundage

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