STELLAR TALENT: Pleasanton Welcomes New Library Services Director

The City of Pleasanton will welcome Heidi Murphy as their new Director of Library Services in April following the retirement of Julie Farnsworth.

Heidi is a Pleasanton native and graduate of Amador Valley High School who returns home after serving most recently as Library Director in the City of Los Gatos. There she was instrumental in the planning and construction of a new 30,000-square-foot modern library, experience that will serve her well in Pleasanton. In addition to leading 25 employees and managing the Department’s $4 million budget, Heidi’s will also be a part of Pleasanton’s new Civic Center/Library Task Force, working to develop plans for new City complexes that serve both needs.

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho believes Heidi is just the person to do the job. “Heidi Murphy has distinguished herself as the most qualified person to take the helm and help our city explore options for building a new library,” he said. “I’m confident Heidi possesses the kind of innovation and progressive leadership style to sustain and improve existing services while also embarking on the design and construction of a new library for our community.”

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University.

PLACEMENT NEWS: Gerry Beaudin now serves as City of Pleasanton’s new Community Development Director

Gerry Beaudin, Community Development Director for City of Pleasanton

After a very competitive search, we are pleased to announce that Gerry Beaudin has been named as City of Pleasanton’s new Community Development Director.

We’re very excited to have Gerry join the team,” said City Manager Nelson Fialho, “In a crowded field of highly competitive candidates, Gerry distinguished himself to be a bright, creative and balanced thinker to match his impressive track record in city planning and community development.”

Gerry’s previous appointments include Zoning Administrator for the City of Mountain View, Principal Planner for South San Francisco, Assistant Planner for Los Altos, Assistant Planner in Toronto, Canada, and as a private planning consultant. His extensive experience includes working with large city projects, private residential developments, and creating/implementing the long-range master plan for biotech giant Genentech’s 200-acre campus.

Gerry possess the diverse experience required to manage Pleasanton’s residential/commercial development and downtown revitalization projects, including the Community Development Department’s $10 million budget, its 42 full-time employees and consultants.” said Julie Yuan-Miu, Senior Recruiter at Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive search firm specializing in local government placements.

Gerry acquired a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Queens University, Canada. He holds accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners and the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. ,He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.