[3/22/22] Auditor Walter Appointed Interim Community Development Director

Posted in Local Government & Meetings

Chelan County Assessor Deanna Walter’s workload has doubled temporarily at least; yesterday (Mon) County commissioners appointed her interim director of Community Development.

Walter, who has been the Chelan County assessor since 2011, will serve in the position until a permanent director is hired to lead Community Development, the county’s planning and building department.

This is nothing new for Walter, she has served in the interim director’s position in the past. Commissioners appointed her to the position in March 2020. She continued as interim assistant director when former director Jim Brown was hired in April 2020. And she was the assistant director of Community Development from 2002 to 2005 before being appointed county assessor.

Walter has more than 27 years of land use experience, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners,

Commissioner Kevin Overbay said finding a permanent director is going to be a longer process than commissioners originally thought.

Walter replaces Chelan County building official Chris Young, who was appointed as interim director in January, when Jim Brown left the position. Last week, Young informed commissioners he was stepping down from the interim director position to focus on his building official duties. Summer is typically peak season for building permits.

In early April, commissioners will have a workshop with the county’s human relations consultant to discuss a job description and salary for the director’s position. Commissioners hope to have a new Community Development director in place by mid-summer.