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Nevada City’s 1st full-time planner a familiar face

Nevada City’s first full-time city planner is not a new face, but rather a long-time resident who has learned under area planning officials for parts of three decades.

Cindy Siegfried, who started working for Nevada City in June, learned from Sharon Boivin – Nevada County’s planning director in the 1970s – and Andy Cassano – with Nevada City Engineering – who worked on a contract basis with Nevada City in the mid-1980s to late-1990s.

“It was quite a benefit to my career, definitely,” Siegfried said of her learning experiences under Boivin and Cassano.

Siegfried worked as a secretary with the county for four years under Boivin in the 1970s, where she learned the importance of customer service.

“The key to me, first, is customer service,” Siegfried said. “I want to process applications efficiently and fairly.”

Filling out planning applications can be confusing for people, and Siegfried said she would much rather “work alongside” individuals to help them.

“It’s easy to come back,” Siegfried said.

Many contacts she made as an assistant planner to Cassano have business before the city, making her familiar with the projects and the issues applicants are facing, she said.

Her first project with the city was working on the 2-mile Hirschman’s Pond trail, which the City Council approved in September.

Siegfried lives in Nevada City and is married to Pete Siegfried.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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