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City Names Longtime Employees Hartson, Levin to Leadership Team

Two longtime City employees, Melissa Hartson and Sean Levin, have been named as the new directors of Library Services and Recreation & Senior Services, respectively, City Manager Grace Leung announced.

Hartson and Levin succeed Library Services Director Tim Hetherton and RSS Director Laura Detweiler, who recently retired.

Hartson brings more than 26 years of experience with the Newport Beach Public Library. She began as a library page and has held multiple positions in the department during her long tenure.

Hartson’s “extensive knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset in her new role as she guides the department into the future,” Leung said.

Levin has 25 years of experience providing recreational services for cities, including the last 20 years with the City of Newport Beach. He began working for the City as Recreation Manager before being promoted to Recreation Superintendent, and served for the past 8 years as Deputy Director. He served a short stint as interim director since Detweiler’s retirement last month.

Leung cited Levin’s “strong customer service focus, solutions-oriented approach and positive energy,” as key reason he earned the top job.

Both appointments became effective in mid-May.

Sean Levin Melissa Hartson



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