Trevor Keith to Lead Planning & Building Department

July 18, 2018

Trevor Keith to Lead Planning & Building Department

After a nationwide search and an extensive selection process, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Trevor Keith as the next Planning and Building Director in closed session on July 17.

The County’s Planning and Building Director position is at-will and reports directly to the County Administrative Officer. In this role, Keith will oversee more than 100 employees and a budget of more than $19 million. He will lead the County’s efforts to implement the land-use planning, development and resource-management policies set forth by the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission.

Trevor has more than 20 years of both public and private management experience. He has risen through the ranks of the County in the past 11 years, most recently serving as a division manager for the County Administrative Office. Under his leadership, Trevor has supported key county initiatives such as the Stepping Up Initiative, Jail Medical, and planning for the Diablo closure, including a role serving on PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel.

Trevor previously served as a deputy director for the County Planning and Building Department. In this role, he led the Energy, Long Range Planning, Housing, Finance, Information Systems, and Operation sections and worked closely with the Board of Supervisors and planning staff to develop and implement policies and programs on behalf of the Board.

Prior to working at the County of San Luis Obispo, Trevor worked in the environmental and planning consulting field analyzing and processing projects for different jurisdictions throughout California.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and systematic biology and a master’s degree in city and regional planning, both from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

He received The Tribune’s Top 20 Under 40 Award in 2011 and is also a proud graduate of the Leadership San Luis Obispo program.

The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau works closely with the county Planning & Building department and looks forward to working with Mr. Keith on ag-related issues.

Keith’s employment contract will be on the Board Agenda on Tuesday August 7 for final approval with an expected start date of August 8.

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