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Michael Beltran named City Engineer

Mike Conway

Post Date:08/07/2019

Michael Beltran named Merced City Engineer

Michael Beltran has been appointed City Engineer for the City of Merced. The announcement was made by City Manager Steve Carrigan.

Beltran has been serving as Interim City Engineer since March 2019.

'I am ecstatic to help build the City where I grew up and lived all my life,' Beltran said. 'It's an exciting time to be in Merced.

'I'm looking forward to working with all the residential and commercial developers that are building in the City,' he said. 'And I'm eagerly anticipating completing some challenging projects we have coming up, such as the widening of Highway 59.'

'Michael is a good fit for the organization,' said City Manager Steve Carrigan. 'He has the right experience, a good management style and a calm demeanor, no matter what is going on around him.'

Carrigan said he was impressed by the way Beltran handled a variety of situations while serving as the Interim City Engineer. 'Not everything went smoothly, as you would expect. There were some bumps, but Michael didn't let it bother him. He found the right solutions and settled everybody down.

'His private sector experience gives him a good understanding of what people need and what they are going through,' Carrigan said.

Beltran, 38, has a strong background in civil and geotechnical engineering that he obtained while working for Precision Civic Engineering and Kleinfelder, Inc..

Before coming to the City, his projects included Merced's Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Atwater Wastewater Treatment Plant. He has been involved in school construction projects in Merced, Atwater, along with UC Merced.

He worked on the Merced Center parking structure, natural gas facilities in Alberta Canada, the California High Speed Rail project, electrical substations owned by local utility districts and numerous interchanges and highway bridges in the region.

He has a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Fresno State and is a registered professional engineer in the State. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, where he held several offices. He also is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Road Commissioners and County Engineers.

Born at the old Mercy Hospital on M Street, Beltran was raised in Merced and attended Golden Valley High School, where he was part of its first four-year class.

Beltran and his wife, Samantha, have two daughters and two sons, ranging in age from 7 to 15.

He and his family are NASCAR fans, who enjoy attending the races together. Other family fun activities include mini vacations to Lake McClure, trips to the coast, family walks and movie nights.

'I watch all of their sports activities, too,' he said, 'And I enjoy coaching them.'

One of his other pastimes is scuba diving. Usually it's diving along the Monterey Coast, but every year he and a group of friends head to Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands for some variety.

Beltran will start the job Aug 26. The job pays $132,438.48 a year.

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