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Assistant development chief picked

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From page B1 | July 22, 2013 | 6 Comments

David Defanti has been selected has the assistant director of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency.

Defanti comes to El Dorado County from Sacramento County where he has worked since 2004; most recently as a senior planner. In Sacramento he was responsible for the general plan update and growth management strategy, housing element update, and large specific plan applications among other projects.

“Dave’s primary mission is to coordinate the long-term planning functions of our three Community Development Agency divisions,” said Kim Kerr, assistant chief administrative officer. “He recognizes that effective planning demands community engagement.”

The Board of Supervisors formed the Community Development Agency in 2012 by consolidating the Department of Transportation, Development Services Department, and Environmental Management Department. As assistant director, Defanti will help manage the day-to-day activities of the approximately 290 person organization.

Defanti was hired at Step 1 of the county salary schedule, earning $118,539 per year. His first day with the Community Development Agency was July 15.

Mike Applegarth

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • Susie O.July 16, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    Wait, what? He went from being a Sr. Planner to the Assistant Director of the Community Development Agency? He wasn't even a Principal Planner at his old job? And he'll be starting at $118k? He probably made about $65k at his last job. Double the money? And we have a Development Services Director, too, with many many years of experience, also getting paid? And then there is the Assistant CAO, wasn't she jonesing for a raise? And why is the CAO's office running the whole General Plan / LUPUU update? Maybe because they don't want experienced planners, who know rules, regulations, and are neutral with developers, leading it, they'd rather have "yes" persons who are friendly with developers to run the show? I just find this another layer of bureaucracy. Your tax dollars at work (NOT!) courtesy of the CAO's office. No offense to the gentleman just hired, you have no idea what a mess you are walking into, and how upset the residents of this county are with the CAO, sweetheart deals with developers, and the BOS...ha! Good luck to you!

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  • Susie Q.July 16, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    Susie O: I Couldn't agree more.

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  • JimBoJuly 17, 2013 - 5:19 am

    Suzie O. I was going to comment but you already Nailed It! Beginning of the CZAR AGENCY! CAO/Asst CAO hires inexperienced people that report directly to them and buffer themselves because they don't want the existing experienced staff to know they don't know what they are doing.

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  • Read it againJuly 17, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Read the second and third paragraphs again. The new guy's technical strengths are exactly what is consuming bandwidth with in the county - the General Plan. You do not need to be a Senior Planner to be strong manager with communication skills. The best technicians are not the best leaders. The whining sounds like agenda over substance

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  • cookie65July 22, 2013 - 6:18 am

    stat·ism (sttzm) n. The practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy.

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  • Read it againJuly 22, 2013 - 7:26 am

    The highlights: 1) Assistant director of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency. 2) Primary mission is to coordinate the long-term planning functions of our three Community Development Agency divisions. 3)He recognizes that effective planning demands community engagement. This is really an Ombudsman position for projects and/or large business opportunities. Actually, it is encouraging that the commitment to community outreach is expanding....

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