Encinitas names Karen Brust as new city manager

North Coast Current

Karen Brust was officially selected as Encinitas’ new city manager July 8 in a unanimous City Council vote, the city announced.

Brust comes to Encinitas from San Juan Capistrano, where she has been city manager since 2011. She also served as Del Mar’s city manager. Brust will start her position in Encinitas on Sept. 1.

Encinitas officials noted Brust’s experience with coastal cities and extensive knowledge of organizational issues.

“The Mayor, Council, staff, and the community have done a terrific job of creating a strategic plan for Encinitas. I am looking forward to teaming up with them to fulfill this vision,” Brust said in Encinitas’ announcement. “I am going from one great city to another which offers an outstanding quality of life for its residents. One major factor that attracted me to Encinitas was the opportunity to work in the city where my family resides.”

Brust replaces Gus Vina, who resigned as Encinitas’ city manager last December.