image003City Manager Rick Haydon is pleased to announce the appointment of Chuen Ng (pronounced Chun Ing) as the City’s new Director of Community Development. Mr. Ng succeeds Larry Appel who retired from the City earlier this month. Mr. Ng will begin his appointment on Monday, January 9th.
 
“I’m very pleased that the City was able to find someone with Chuen’s skill set through this recruitment process,” Haydon said. “He’s very cognizant of the current trends in the planning and development arena, and in talking to some of his colleagues, he also appears to bring a very practical and objective approach to problem-solving. I think he’ll be a great complement to our Department Head team, and we look forward to Chuen coming on board after the first of the new year.”
 
Mr. Ng is currently the Planning Section Manager for the City of Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, where he manages the development review and planning processes for the City, and oversees the work of the planners as well as the building and safety technicians. Mr. Ng has more than a dozen years of experience in municipal planning, having worked for both the cities of Lancaster and Hanford. 
 
Mr. Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Occidental College, and a Master of Arts Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Ng is also familiar with Santa Maria, having lived in the City while obtaining his Master’s Degree from Cal Poly.
 
“I’m looking forward to serving the City of Santa Maria and helping facilitate the development of quality projects within the community as well as continue the beautification efforts that the City Council have been supporting and City staff have been implementing,” Mr. Ng said.
 
“I look forward to establishing meaningful relationships with community stakeholders, especially those from the development community and the building industry, and will strive to continue to keep customer service a high priority in the Community Development Department,” he said. “I’m eager to join a City with a leadership team that places a high priority on the delivery of municipal services. On a personal note, my wife and I are looking forward to relocating to Santa Maria where we can raise our two young boys in a family-friendly environment.”
 
The Community Development Department is responsible for the Planning and Building Divisions as well as the Special Projects Division. The department has 25 full-time employees and an overall operating budget of approximately $5 million. 
 
Department:                             City Manager’s Office 
Contact Person:                       Jayne Anderson, Director of Human Resources and Records
Telephone Number:                  (805) 925-0951 ext. 2203
E-mail Address:                       janderson@cityofsantamaria.org