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City announces formation of Community Services Department 

Julie Dahlen.

Julie Dahlen.

Julie Dahlen will serve as new director

–Paso Robles City Manager Tom Frutchey has announced the formation of a Community Services Department to include the services of Library, Recreation and Parks and Facilities Maintenance under the direction of Julie Dahlen. The new department represents a strategic realignment of resources designed to better support Paso Robles residents and visitors.

Dahlen, who most recently served the city as Director of Library and Recreation Services, will lead the new department in concert with three division managers including Maintenance Supervisor Freda Berman, City Librarian Angelica Fortin and Recreation Services Manager Lynda Plescia. Together this team is responsible for a staff of 32 full-time, 14 part-time and several seasonal aquatics employees.

“The merging of these functions is one important element in the coordinated improvements we are undertaking to ensure high-quality services, responsiveness to community needs, and assets in which the Paso community can take deserved pride,” said Frutchey.

“I am delighted by this new partnership with our parks and facilities maintenance experts to provide high-quality educational and recreational opportunities in well-maintained parks, pools and buildings throughout the Paso Robles community,” said Dahlen, Director of Community Services. “The collaboration of this newly formed team will allow for better prioritization of needs and a quicker response time for our customers. It is exciting to experience this kind of synergy!”

The City of Paso Robles Community Services Department can be reached by contacting library services (1000 Spring Street) at (805) 237-3870, recreation services (600 Nickerson Drive) at (805) 237-3988 and parks and facilities maintenance (625 Riverside Drive) at (805) 237-3873.

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