Julie Dahlen retires, Angelica Fortin chosen as new director
– The City of Paso Robles congratulates Julie Dahlen on her retirement after 27 years with the City and announces the appointment of Angelica Fortin as Director of Community Services.
Dahlen has worked for the city since 1995, when she was hired as a library assistant. Dahlen was appointed Children’s Librarian in 1997, Library Director in 2006, City Librarian in 2008, Acting Director of Library and Recreation Services (LRS) in 2010, and then appointed Director of LRS in 2013. 2016, Library and Recreation Services were combined with Parks and Facilities to create the Community Services Department with Dahlen as Director.
Angelica Fortin joined the City in 2016 as Municipal Librarian. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Paso Robles Public Library, including strategic planning, staff management, budget preparation, and marketing of library materials and programs.
Prior to joining the city, Fortin worked for the San Diego County Library System. Fortin holds a Certified Public Manager certificate from the Center for Organization Effectiveness and was selected to participate in the Atascadero Chamber North County Leadership Program Class of 2017. Fortin was also honored as a 2017 SLO Tribune Top 20 Professional Under 40 and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Cuesta College Foundation and the Hispanic Business Association.
“I am grateful for Julie’s selfless dedication to the organization and the community,” said City Manager Ty Lewis. “As well, Angelica will be a great addition to the city’s leadership team as she continues to serve the community in her new role. Angelica demonstrated great skill, professionalism and dedication in her previous role. As Director of Community Services, Angelica will directly contribute to improving the quality of life of our residents.
Fortin officially began his new duties on Sunday July 31 and will work alongside Dahlen until his official retirement date of August 18.