Agency names new director |

Agency names new director

Capping off a months-long search, Nevada County has hired Steve DeCamp, a former deputy director of Santa Barbara County’s Planning and Development Department, to lead the local Community Development Agency.

On Nov. 1, DeCamp will take over from interim Director MaryAnn Newnan, who has led the agency for the past few months. As community development director, DeCamp will preside over the planning, building, code compliance and environmental health departments.

“I’ve been wanting to relocate into the Sierra,” DeCamp said. “My family lives a little farther north, and from a professional standpoint (it will be) exciting and challenging.”

DeCamp said he expects to use skills he learned in Santa Barbara County to manage conflicts of opinion over development and the growth of Nevada County’s wine industry.

DeCamp will be placed in the center of Nevada County’s ongoing struggle to manage and accept growth.

“Some level of growth is inevitable. California is a popular location for people to relocate,” DeCamp said. “But by making the area way more accessible, you might invite more growth. (We need to be) cautious of that.”

DeCamp attended California State Polytechnic University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in city and regional planning. DeCamp has also been a planning leader in the city of Atascadero.

To work under DeCamp, the county selected current interim Planning Director Randy Wilson as a permanent planning director.

Wilson has worked as a planner in Butte County, Riverside County and Lincoln County, Wyo.

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