For the Public: Dan Landon |

For the Public: Dan Landon

Where I live: Just outside Grass Valley

Where I work: Nevada County Transportation Commission

My job title: Executive director

What I do in my job: Plan and coordinate transportation improvement projects and administer funding programs.

Why my job is important to the public: Nevada County is in a transition zone where urban and natural environments meet. My job is to help the community plan transportation improvements that provide efficient movement of people, goods and services that improve safety and enhance the environment. The most important aspect of my job is communication to the community.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: A positive attitude, 20 years of experience, and a passion to do things well.

The best part of my job: The people I work with, including the NCTC staff, the Commissioners, and the folks that live here.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : Tomorrow, I can’t wait for tomorrow, cause they just keep gettin’ better.

How I got my job: Four years of college, six years of collecting experience and watching for an opportunity to move to place like Nevada County.

How long I’ve been working here: Fifteen years on June 1.

My dream job would be: Does it get any better than this?

My family: Gladys, my patient and loving wife of 30 years, seven overachieving children, and six of the best grandchildren on earth.

My hobbies: Making my wife happy, doing family history research, playing with my dog, Garr, doing things with my kids, and scouting.

When I was a kid: Technically, I still am one.

My dream vacation: Stepping into a time machine and spending another summer on my uncle’s ranch and hiking and fishing in northeastern California in the late 1960s. (Hey, you said a dream vacation).

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: A young Paul Newman.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My Dad, my wife, and Jesus Christ.

My heroes: The people who have made the biggest difference in my life.

The best book I’ve read lately: “The 8th Habit” by Stephen Covey.

I like living in Nevada County because: The people are friendly, the countryside is beautiful, the climate is perfect.


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