Kremen appoints planning director
Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen has appointed David Stalheim as the new Planning and Development Services Director for Whatcom County.
Stalheim has been the Community Development Director for the city of Ashland, Oregon and had worked for 9 years as the Community Development director for the City of Wenatchee Washington. Stalheim also served as Planning Director for Clallam County for more than five years.
He will be present at the next Whatcom County Council meeting on September 25 for his confirmation and to meet the council and the community.
Kremen said he thinks of Stalheim as a knowledgeable and experienced collarborator with the skill set required to move Whatcom County forward.
Stalheim says the reason for taking the Whatcom County position is consideration of his family.
“I am eager to return to Washington state where I have developed deep roots,” he said. “I feel very fortunate to have been asked to lead the Planning and Development Services Department in Whatcom County.”
While in Wenatchee Stalheim is credited with bringing the city into compliance with the Growth Management Act and implementing the Geographic Information (GIS) and permit tracking system. He also managed $5 million dollars in grant funds for community centers, housing rehabilitation, parks and planning.
Sam Ryan has been acting Planning Director after former director Hal Hart resigned his position earlier this year. Stalheim will start in early November. His annual salary will be $101,364.00.