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Mary Camper named to City Panning Commission

Mike Conway

Post Date:03/17/2017

Mary Camper picked for Planning Commission

Mary Camper has been named to the Merced Planning Commission by the Merced City Council. She fills the seat vacated when Jill McLeod was elected to the City Council for District 3.

Camper, 49, is no stranger to City commissions having served on the Redevelopment Advisory Committee and Economic Development Committee.

'Mary will be a great addition to the Planning Commission with her experience, expertise and knowledge of the community,' said City Manager Steve Carrigan. 'We had an excellent field of six candidates, but she stood out among them.'

"I'm honored to have been appointed to the planning commission,' Camper said. 'I'm looking forward to working with our city leaders and staff to work on issues I think are important to the successful growth of our community such as housing, new industry that will create jobs as well as enhance the desirability of our city, preservation of our historic neighborhoods and buildings, and ensuring a healthy balance of development and ag land use as we grow to the north."

Camper is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Gonella Realty.

In the past she owned Whimsy, was the Director of Fund Development at Merced Medical Center, Director of Employee Development and Support for California Home Care & Hospice and a field representative for Congressman Gary A. Condit and been an adjunct instructor for Merced College.

She has been active in the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee, the Monthly Dinner at the D Street Homeless Shelter and a committee member of the Merced Arts Council ' Luau at the Lake.

Camper has a bachelor's degree from Fresno State and a master's degree from Chapman University.

In her spare time she likes to perform community service work, read, participate in her movie group and cook.

She and her husband, Scott, have a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Stefani Clare.

Camper was elected Tuesday to the position on a 5-1 vote with Council member Anthony Martinez voting no. Council member McLeod was absent. She was sworn into office Friday by Assistant City Clerk John Tresidder.

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