Arcadia’s Director of Public Works Announces Retirement


Arcadia’s director of public works services, Tom Tait, has announced his retirement after a 38-year career in public service. Mr. Tait has been Director of Public Works Services since 2010.

“It has been my greatest honor to hold the position of Director of Public Works,” Tait said. “I have enjoyed helping to shape the built environment of this community and supporting its development over the past 20 years. I would like to thank Arcadia City Council, City Manager Lazzaretto, the entire Public Works Department and my colleagues and friends for their support.

Mr. Tait started his career working for the water and sewerage service of the city of Alhambra. He held several positions with the East Pasadena Water Company, the Town of Downey and the Santa Clarita Water Company before coming to Arcadia in 2001 as Director of Field Services. Mr. Tait’s extensive knowledge and experience in the field of water utility management and environmental security has been instrumental not only for Arcadia, but also for regional water utilities throughout the San Valley. Gabriel. For the past 15 years, Mr. Tait has served as an advisory member of the San Gabriel Valley Principal Owner’s Administrative Committee.

“On behalf of the City of Arcadia, I want to congratulate Tom on his retirement,” said Mayor Sho Tay. “For the past 11 years, Tom has led the Public Works Department with passion and integrity. He has helped support Arcadia’s exceptional quality of life and his impact on the Arcadia community is immeasurable.

During his tenure, Mr. Tait helped implement a wide range of improvements to the city’s built infrastructure, including the renovation of Eisenhower Park, the creation of the city’s first lighting district and building a 4 million gallon per day treatment system for the Live Oak. Well accompanied by the construction of two additional drinking water wells, ensuring the city’s water production capacity for future generations. Under Mr. Tait’s leadership, the City of Arcadia also achieved Gold Level status from the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership for the city’s extraordinary commitment to delivering numerous energy efficiency projects across the city.

“Tom’s presence in Arcadia will be missed,” said City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. “He has been a firm hand at the head of a very complex department which plays a decisive role in this community. I wish Tom the best that retirement has to offer. He definitely deserved it, ”he added.

Mr. Tait’s last day is November 8, 2021. An announcement on his replacement is expected shortly. For more information on the Public Works Department, please visit

Posted: September 30, 2021


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