Coral Gables is adding another familiar face to the city manager’s staff.
Peter Iglesias, who serves as the senior director of building, planning and zoning for the city of Miami, will join the City Beautiful as assistant city manager. He is returning to the Gables after working in that city’s building department as a structural engineer for a little more than a decade starting in 2000.
“Mr. Iglesias is a recognized and respected professional with more than 35 years of complex engineering and construction experience in both the private and public sectors,” City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark wrote in a memo to the city commission.
Iglesias will fill the spot that was left vacant after Assistant City Manager Carmen Olazabal left the post in January. His first day will be April 25 and some of duties include overseeing public works, development services, parking, economic development and surveying the city’s five-year capital plan.
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Assistant City Manager Frank Fernandez will continue to oversee public safety.
In his three years in Miami, he started as a structural engineer and eventually rose to the combined position of building official and senior building director along with overseeing planning and zoning. In Coral Gables, he’ll serve as the assistant city manager for infrastructure and operations.
Iglesias said he took the new position in order to seek out a new opportunity and because he’s lived in the Gables for the last 45 years.
“It’s a new challenge,” Iglesias said. “It’s been a wonderful three years here in Miami.”
Along with being a long-time resident and former employee in Coral Gables, Iglesias also previously served as the chair of the governance board for Miami Wind, a research center at the University of Miami.