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David Gonzalves going to Tuolumne County

Mike Conway

Post Date:11/28/2016

Development Services Director Gonzalves going to Tuolumne

Development Services Director David Gonzalves has announced he is leaving the City to take a job a Tuolumne County's Community Resources Agency director. He will start the job on Jan. 3.

'Tuolumne County is lucky to be getting a person of such high caliber for the development community,' said City Manager Steve Carrigan. 'While in Merced, David Gonzalves showed he has the depth of skills to facilitate businesses, train staff and work with elected officials. We wish him the best of luck in his new job.'

'It has been an honor to have served my community for over 25 years,' said Gonzalves. 'While leaving my position was a difficult choice, the opportunity to serve in a mountain community is such a unique opportunity that it was impossible not to accept this position.   

'It will be exciting to watch Merced grow and change as our University begins to bring expand and bring positive changes to our community,' he said. 'I look forward to a new year in my new position with Tuolumne County.'

He said, 'I will always be able to come back to Merced where I was born and feel that my friends and business connections will welcome me with open arms.  I hope that I have made positive impacts on both the City of Merced, as well as the County of Merced, where I was able to serve in key leadership roles.  I am proud to be able to drive around our community and see the effects of projects that my staff and I have been able to successfully bring to completion for our citizens.  I expect our businesses and developers will see the positive effects of changes that were implemented during my time here at the City of Merced for years to come.

Plans to fill the position of Development Services director have not been announced.

Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Prado said in a news release:

The County of Tuolumne is pleased to announce that David Gonzalves has agreed to become the County's new Community Resources Agency (CRA) Director starting on January 3, 2017.

Mr. Gonzalves will succeed current CRA Director Bev Shane who has been with the County for 36 years and will be retiring in mid-January.

Mr. Gonzalves is a native of Merced County and has worked in County and City government there for the past 26 years. He currently serves as the Director of Development Services for the City of Merced, a position he has held since December 2009.  Mr. Gonzalves was chosen from a field of 22 candidates.  He was the top ranked candidate amongst three rating panels used in this recruitment that helped assess technical skills and fit with the community.  Mr. Gonzalves references from government officials, co-workers and the Merced business community were very positive in regards to his character, competence and ability to work with others.  Mr. Gonzalves' move and assimilation into our community will be made easier as he and his wife already own a second home in the Twain Harte area.

Attached is the staff report which calls for the Board of Supervisors to approve an Employment Agreement with Mr. Gonzalves on December 6, 2016. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Gonzalves into our community with great anticipation of a long and successful career here.

In the report to the Board of Supervisors, Prado said:

With the upcoming retirement of Bev Shane, a recruitment was conducted for the position of Community Resources Agency (CRA) Director. At the conclusion of that recruitment, your Board authorized staff to complete reference checks and extend a tentative offer for the position to David Gonzalves.

Educational Background

Mr. Gonzalves holds an Associate's Degree in Electronics from Merced College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Studies (Business/Public Administration) from California State University, Stanislaus.

Licenses & Certificates

Mr. Gonzalves holds several International Code Council (ICC) certifications (e.g. Chief Building Official, inspector, etc.). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Building Officials (CALBO) organization. Mr. Gonzalves has also earned numerous certificates from FEMA' s Emergency Management Institute and a labor negotiation certificate from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPERA).

Work Background

Mr. Gonzalves has 26 years of related work experience within Merced County as outlined below:

County of Merced

Fire Inspector: January 1991 - September 1993

Supervising/Building Inspector:  September  1993 -November 2002

Development Services Manager: November  2002 -December 2003

Assistant Development Services Director: December 2003 -December 2007

City of Merced

Chief Building Official/Construction Project Official : December 2007 - June 2008

Acting Director of Development Services: June 2008 -December 2009

Director of Development Services: December 2009 -Present

The educational, licensing and work experience outlined above make Mr. Gonzalves well qualified for this position. Staff would add that all of his government and customer (private sector) references were very positive in regards to his character, competence and ability to work with others.

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