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Darby Hired as County of Lake Community Development Director

Brings Robust Skills and Nearly Three Decades of Related Experience

LAKE COUNTY, CA (August 31, 2021) – Following a nationwide search, the Lake County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary V. Darby as Community Development Director for the County of Lake.

Darby, a University of California San Diego Graduate, returns to California after a distinguished public service and consulting career spanning nearly three decades in the State of Georgia.

“It is truly exciting to bring someone with Mary’s depth and breadth of experience to Lake County,” affirms Jessica Pyska, District 5 Supervisor and member of an Ad Hoc Committee that has recently provided meaningful support to the Community Development Department (CDD). “She has proven herself a skilled planner, manager and zoning administrator with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Department of Transportation, and gained valuable executive experience as Managing Principal of a consulting firm.”

Darby also earned a Master of Arts in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has strong knowledge of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, and is a current American Institute of Certified Planners candidate.

“In Lake County, we expect Department Heads to roll their sleeves up, and bring a well-rounded skill set to the table,” noted Moke Simon, District 1 Supervisor and CDD Ad Hoc Committee Member. “Mary is ready to do that. She will be a fantastic support to our Community Development staff that has already shown tremendous growth in recent months.”

“Lake County is on its way up, and this hire is another sign we are building a bright future,” notes Carol J. Huchingson, County Administrative Officer, who also currently serves as Interim Community Development Director.  “We are working to make it easier for people to invest in Lake County, to build businesses here, develop housing that we desperately need.  Mary Darby will help us take our next steps, and we could not be more pleased to have her aboard.”

Ms. Darby is truly excited to be coming to Lake County, as well.

“I am overflowing with excitement and joy for the great opportunity afforded me to serve the leaders, residents, businesses and tourists of Lake County,” exudes Darby.  “Since leaving California, it has always been my dream to return as a well-rounded, educated and trained Community Development leader, with experience in many facets of the field.”

“I am super delighted my return to California will begin, and end, in the County of Lake, and look forward to providing Lake County with professionalism, loyalty and a high standard of customer service.  Our team will operate with one main goal in mind… Successful Results!”

Mary V. Darby’s appointment as CDD Director will be effective October 4, 2021.


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