(Stockton, CA) – The City of Stockton has selected a new director to head its Community Development Department. Steve Chase, Director of Planning and Environment Services with the City of Goleta, will join the City of Stockton in July as the chief official of building, planning and development.
“Our objective is to hire department directors with extensive knowledge within their field of expertise and the leadership skills to effectively manage their respective departments today and to collaborate with various outside stakeholders,” said City Manager Bob Deis. “Mr. Chase has the expertise and skills we need to help move Stockton forward.”
Currently, Chase manages planning, development and environment functions for Goleta, a city just north of Santa Barbara, California, serving as secretary to the planning commission, zoning administrator and environmental hearing officer, as well as leading green and energy initiatives. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Deputy Director of Planning & Development for Santa Barbara County and was the County’s top official on matters pertaining to offshore oil and gas permitting, policy-making and enforcement, also serving as secretary to the planning commission, environmental hearing officer and zoning administrator.
“Steve has 37 years of experience that includes leadership roles at both the city and county level,” said Mike Locke, Deputy City Manager. “His leadership and policy experience will be extremely valuable to the City of Stockton, particularly as we move forward with implementing the restructuring of the community development functions.”
Mr. Chase has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. He has an extensive community service portfolio, having served on school boards and committees and child care task force and advisory committees.
“My wife and I look forward to moving to Stockton and getting involved in the community,” shares Chase. “I have found that service to the community is equally important as my professional role. Stockton offers wonderful opportunities both professionally and personally with the city and in the community.”
Funding for the Community Development Department is provided through building and development fees. Mr. Chases’ starting annual salary will be $165,000.