Two Tuolumne County employees were promoted on Tuesday to oversee the new departments created out of the restructuring of the former Community Resources Agency.
The county Board of Supervisors announced it had selected Quincy Yaley to be the director of the Community Development Department and Kim MacFarlane to be director of the Public Works Department.
Yaley and MacFarlane held similar roles as assistant director of development and assistant director of public works for the Community Resources Agency, respectively.
County Supervisor Karl Rodefer, who serves as board chairman, said they were the only two candidates the board interviewed.
“We’ve got two very highly qualified people who are very talented and very knowledgeable and felt they were the best candidates,” he said.
County Administrator Tracie Riggs said the county typically tries to hire internally when employees meet or exceed the minimum qualifications.
Yaley and MacFarlane were two of the five employees in the former Community Resources Agency who received layoff notices in August as part of the restructuring, which was done to help the county eliminate a projected $4.2 million deficit in the current fiscal year’s budget.
David Gonzalves, the former Community Resources Agency director, is the only one of the five who wasn’t hired to another position within the county, Riggs said.
The elimination of Gonzalves’ position will save the county more than $230,000 per year moving forward, because both Yaley and MacFarlane will be making the same amount in salary and benefits as they did in their former positions.
All of the changes to personnel through the restructuring is estimated to save more than $500,000 per year.
Yaley said her first task is to help complete the transition from the Community Resources Agency to the Community Development Department, which will include divisions for land use and natural resources, housing and community programs, environmental health, and building.
“We want to make this a seamless transition and appreciate the public’s patience as we go through this process,” she said. “I’m confident we’ll be able to move through it quickly and continue doing the business we need to do.”
The departments were previously separate prior to 2011, before being combined and rebranded as the Community Resources Agency through the budgeting process that year.
Yaley said there will be changes at the department’s permit counter aimed at improving the customer’s experience, such as adding some electronic options. She also wants to make sure staff is organized, working efficiently and organized.
“If they’re doing that, it will trickle down to the customer experience and improve how fast they can get permits,” she said.
One of Yaley’s first planning jobs was working for the county in the early 2000s as a first-level planner under Bev Shane, who retired in 2016 as director of the Community Resources Agency, and Mike Laird, who retired agency’s deputy director.
Yaley spent most of the ensuing years working as a planning consultant doing environmental review and permitting, before starting to work for the county again in April 2017.
Yaley holds a master’s degree in city/urban, community and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo, and bachelor’s degree in biology/biological sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
She earns a base salary of $135,375 per year, which is the maximum for the position, according to the county Human Resources Department.
MacFarlane said the staff in the Public Works Department is excited about being their own department again.
“Staff is really motivated to streamline the current processes and improve customer service,” she said.
The department will consist of fleet services, road operations, engineering, surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), surveying, solid waste, and airports.
MacFarlane said the tasks performed by the department’s various divisions each play an integral role in economic development.
“What is appealing to people? They want to see good roads, they don’t want to see illegal dump sites, and they want to have fire safe communities, so our GIS and surveying departments really help with that.”
MacFarlane said she hopes to improve the department’s public outreach through social media about the work it’s doing, as well as provide weekly updates to the board on work being done on roads.
MacFarlane worked as a civil and environmental engineer for about 12 years before coming to work for the county in April 2018. She holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
She earns a base salary of $149,575 per year, which is the maximum for the position, according to the county Human Resources Department.
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This story has been updated to include the correct annual base salaries.