LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Board of Supervisors has hired the county’s next director of community development, who announced she has resigned from her position on the Lakeport City Council.
Supervisors emerged from the closed session shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to appoint Mireya Turner as permanent director of the county’s community development department, effective immediately.
“I am honored and thrilled with the vote of confidence from the Board of Directors that named me permanent director,” Turner said in a joint statement released by Lake County and the City of Lakeport. “We have an excellent team of qualified and professional staff, and it will be a privilege to continue to lead this great group. The residents of Lake County deserve the best public service possible, and our ministry will continue to strive to fulfill that mandate. I am committed to promoting responsible development and working creatively with people looking to invest in Lake County.
Turner, who holds a master’s degree in public administration, held several positions in Lake County, first in the county administrative office and then for five years in the community development department as a planner.
She then worked in planning with the Town of Ukiah for three years before returning to Lake County Community Development as Deputy Director in July, alongside then-Director Mary Darby.
Then, on August 16, the council appointed its acting director of community development. This followed the departure of Darby, who had held the position for less than a year.
Darby had tendered her resignation in July, planning that she would remain in the county until November 4. However, on August 12, Darby abruptly left.
“Ms. Turner understands the unique needs of Lake County and has the experience and technical knowledge to help us move forward,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Eddie Crandell said in the joint statement from the “Making her appointment as Director permanent will help bring stability and continued growth to a critical county department. Our Board of Directors looks forward to a lasting and effective partnership with Ms. Turner and her team!”
The Community Development Department, critical to construction and development in the unincorporated county, has struggled to retain its leadership in recent years.
Turner’s is the seventh appointment the board has made to head the department since the start of 2016.
Along with accepting the new position, Turner, now in her second term on Lakeport City Council, decided to step down from her council role, effective Tuesday, August 30.
“Serving as Director of Community Development will require a greater commitment of time and attention than any of my previous roles,” Turner said. “The authority vested in this position could present potential conflicts with my elected position; so to avoid this, I have to resign from the city council. It has been a great honor to work with all of my Council colleagues and the wonderful staff of the Town of Lakeport, and I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in my new role.
In the joint statement, Lakeport City Manager Kevin Ingram praised Turner for his accomplishments as a council member, “and Lakeport is a better place to live, work and invest because of his contributions.”
He added, “We will miss his insights as part of our council and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see his work positively impact the lives of every Lake County resident.”
In his role on the board, Turner served as a liaison with the Lakeport Fire Protection District, the Ad Hoc Lakeside Park Advisory Committee, the Drinking Water Program Committee, and the Lakeport Unified School District. She was also one of the city’s voting delegates to the League of California Cities, Redwood Empire Division, and served on the National League of Cities’ Community Economic Development Committee, according to the City of Lakeport.
Turner, who this year served as interim mayor, filed this summer to seek a third term in November. She and fellow board member Stacey Mattina were the only registrants for the two available seats.
Ingram told Lake County News on Wednesday that city staff are working on a Sept. 6 Lakeport City Council agenda item to consider the various options that exist for finding Turner’s successor.
“There seems to be quite a bit of nuance to work with given that Mireya’s name will likely appear on the ballot in November,” Ingram said. “Her resignation was effective immediately, but if she still ends up being elected in November, she will likely have to formally decline re-election once certified.”
Besides Turner’s seat, the city faces the possibility of another council vacancy if Councilman Michael Green is chosen to succeed Tina Scott on the board of supervisors.
Green told Lake County News he was applying to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office for the District 4 supervisory seat. It’s a job Turner was also considered a potential candidate for, but couldn’t fill. as county department head.