The Miami resident is expected to start on April 23, the mayor said. Mendez-Saldivia is a registered professional engineer and MBA graduate of the University of Miami. He most recently served as acting public works director for the city of Miami.
"Mr. Mendez-Saldivia brings 20 years of professional management experience in the county, municipal and public works management to the city and he has strong financial and budget development experience," Thompson said in a news release.
A salary was not disclosed. Harrisburg receiver David Unkovic, who was part of the hiring process, included in his recovery plan for the city the hiring of a full-time chief operating officer at an annual salary of $110,000.
Mendez-Saldivia implemented a billion-dollar capital improvement program for municipal and county infrastructure in Miami-Dade County, while renovating departmental management operations by instituting policies, procedures and professional management standards to deliver multiple city programs on time, according to career highlights provided by the mayor's office.
"His strong financial and budget development skills, as well as his ability to analyze, develop and implement quality management plans to provide solutions in a fast-paced political environment will prove vital to my plans to eliminate the city's structural deficit and move the city administration forward," Thompson said.
Harrisburg is more than $300 million in debt because of its troubled incinerator.