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New Community Development Director Appointed

Nicholas D. (Nick) Mascia has been named City of Visalia’s new Community Development Director. Mr. Mascia has 18 years of experience in the Engineering, Traffic Safety and Community Development fields. City Manager Michael Olmos made the announcement tonight following confirmation of the appointment by the City Council.

Most recently, Mr. Mascia has been serving as Assistant Community Development Director/City Engineer with the City of Visalia, where he manages Engineering Services, Traffic Engineering, and Capital Projects such as the Plaza Interchange over SR 198, the Visalia Animal Care Center, Fire Station 53, and the Lincoln Oval Pedestrian and Vehicular improvements.

In Mr. Mascia’s time with the City, he has worked to obtain over four million dollars in federal funding for traffic operations and construction of bike paths. He is also overseeing development of the upcoming Visalia Emergency Communications Center, including a modern technology-based Traffic Management Center. There are 70 employees in the Community Development Department.

“Nick Mascia brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in managing and administering engineering and community development programs and projects,” said Michael Olmos, City Manager, City of Visalia. “We’re confident that he will work towards continued economic vibrancy in our community in his new role.”

Mr. Mascia’s work experience includes the City of Surprise Arizona, where he served as Assistant Public Works Director and oversaw a staff of 66 and an operational budget of $8.3 million, as well as work in the private sector with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Mr. Mascia obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, both from Michigan State University. He is licensed in California as a Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer.

One of Mr. Mascia’s first tasks as Community Development Director will be to implement a restructuring of the Community Development Department to deliver more efficient services to the public. The restructuring will include consolidation of all development-related permit programs (including building permits, encroachment permits, and engineering permits) within a single division to be overseen by Engineering Development Manager Jason Huckleberry.

In addition, Community Planning functions and Planning entitlement permits will be merged with Code Enforcement functions to be managed by Assistant Community Development Director Josh McDonnell.

Mr. Mascia and his family live in Visalia.

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