Richard Reed Appointed as Deputy to Supervisor Provenza

Richard Reed

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza, District 4, today named Richard Reed, Chair of the Yolo County Planning Commission, as his new Deputy Supervisor.

Supervisor Provenza said, “I look forward to working with Rich to serve the people of Yolo County at the highest level of service. We will all benefit from Rich’s vast experience and keen interest in local land use issues. He is very familiar with Yolo County and District 4, and I know he’ll hit the ground running.”

Reed has served as the District 4 Representative to the Yolo Planning Commission since 2009, and, in 2011, was named Commissioner of the Year by the California County Planning Commissioner’s Association. While on the Commission, Reed, twice chair, was involved in the new County General Plan, the County Zoning Code, and worked to strengthen the protection of productive agricultural lands. As Vice President of the Yolo Land Trust, Reed is a respected voice on land use and ag issues in Yolo County.

Reed said of his appointment, “I’m honored and look forward to expanding my service to the people of District 4 and Yolo County – helping to ensure the best outcomes in service to our constituents, maximizing effective partnerships among stakeholders and with the community, and sustaining the successful practices and achievements of the District 4 team.”

Reed is recently retired from a 36-year career in corporate publishing and communications, most recently as a consultant and manager in Member and Marketing Communications at Kaiser Permanente. Prior to his position at Kaiser, Reed worked as general manager and marketing director for several Bay Area newspapers and magazines.

Locally, Reed has been active in Davis public schools, serving on both the Business Advisory Committee and as a key member of school parcel tax campaigns.

Reed fills the vacancy created by the move of Provenza’s two-term Deputy, Gina Daleiden, to First 5 Yolo as Executive Director.

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  1. Gunrocik

    Sounds like the perfect assistant for Provenza:

    1.  Good resume

    2. Background would translate well into functioning as a good campaigner for his boss -which is typically the main purpose of these positions.

    3.  Doesn’t have the political baggage that Ms. Dalieden now has through no fault of her own.

    However, whenever I see these hires, I still question how Yolo County residents continue to allow their Board of Supervisors to have multiple assistants in a County that doesn’t even justify one full time assistant.

    There are counties four times the size of Yolo that don’t provide such largess for their Supervisors.  Of course, they need all this staff to make up for the fact that we have Supervisors making six figure incomes in their day jobs — so they need someone to actually do the work that they  were elected and PAID to do.

    The cities of Woodland and Davis Council members have far more to deal with than the Board of Supes and they don’t get staff or full time salaries.

  2. Davis Progressive

    agreed excellent choice.

    to gunrock: gina was gone once she took the first 5 appointment a few months ago.  the timing is interesting, but i don’t think anyone expected the indictment.  i don’t think provenza is seeking higher office, i understand he just retired from his day job.  he would make an excellent da however.

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