LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (June 26, 2018) – The County of Lake is proud to announce the permanent appointment of two County department heads. At their meeting on June 26, 2018, the Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed David Cowan Water Resources Director and Michalyn DelValle Community Development Director, effective immediately. Both had been named interim directors in April of 2018.
DelValle is a nearly life-long Lake County resident, with a strong commitment to public service. Her Bachelor’s degree in Management and 10 years’ experience serving in Community Development have prepared DelValle to lead with precision. In April, DelValle stepped into a challenging situation, with understaffing and workload delays, and immediately began to take insightful and positive steps. In just over two months, she has brought stability to her department, and set building blocks in place for a vibrant future.
DelValle acknowledges the work is just beginning: “We have many opportunities, from small adjustments to improve the experience of our customers to substantive changes to our land use plans and zoning ordinances to create a more business friendly environment. I look forward to leading Community Development, and working with staff to revitalize and enrich Lake County’s diverse communities.”
Cowan recently came to the County of Lake, bringing greater than 20 years of experience in watershed protection, water program management, aquatic biology and fisheries. He has a Master of Science in Aquatic Biology, and his strong leadership and communication skills have already made Cowan a valuable partner to County staff and community leaders, alike. Many have particularly remarked upon the improvements made to Highland Springs Park.
“I am excited to continue working with the great people in our Water Resources Department and members of the community to ensure that Clear Lake and our other waterways remain a vital and resilient resource in the future,” shares Cowan. “This is a truly beautiful and exceptional area, and it is wonderful to be here and contribute.”
Lake County has two dynamic and collaborative leaders in Cowan and DelValle, and the future of their departments is bright.