Andrew Thomas, who served as director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. for 10 years, announced his resignation Wednesday.

After his last day on the job next Friday, he will jump into his new gig as executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association on Aug. 1.

As director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica Inc., Thomas managed a yearly budget of about $2.5 million.

He was known for creating the Ambassador Program, which helps inform and direct visitors and offers escort services to Santa Monica employees.

Thomas also oversaw the Enhanced Maintenance Program that was dedicated to keeping parking structures, alleyways and sidewalks clean. He was often spotted on his “walkabouts,” personally inspecting the state of cleanliness in Downtown, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Many of his colleagues are sad to see him go, but believe he will be well equipped for his new job.

“Westwood is fortunate to have him,” said CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Kathleen Rawson.

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