Senior Manager Trevor Keith will begin his new role as Planning Director on Aug. 8.
Senior Manager Trevor Keith will begin his new role as Planning Director on Aug. 8.

County Supervisors Name New Planning and Building Director in 5-0 Vote

Author: Administrative Office
Date: 8/7/2018 9:35:08 AM

Trevor Keith, a longtime senior manager for the County of San Luis Obispo, earned the confidence of all five Board members to lead the Planning and Building Department.


Update as of August 7, 2018 at 9:35 a.m.: Today the Board of Supervisors approved the employment agreement with Trevor Keith as the Director of the Planning and Building Department.


Original Article Published on July 17, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.: After a nationwide search and an extensive selection process, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Trevor Keith as the next Planning and Building Director in closed session today.

The employment contract will go before the Board for final approval on Tuesday, August 7. Keith will begin the job on Wednesday, August 8.

"Even with the diversity of opinion on the Board, Trevor has earned the confidence of all five of us,” said John Peschong, the Board of Supervisors Chair and District 1 Supervisor for the County of San Luis Obispo. “Trevor’s professionalism, depth of experience, and knowledge of this community made him the obvious choice. We are all looking forward to the leadership he brings to this critical role in the County.”

The County’s Planning and Building Director position is at-will and reports directly to the County Administrative Officer. In this role, Keith will oversee more than 100 employees and a budget of more than $19 million. He will lead the County’s efforts to implement the land-use planning, development and resource-management policies set forth by the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission.

“Trevor’s decade of senior management experience in our County’s Planning and Building Department combined with his integrity and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the County’s next Planning Director,” said County Administrative Officer Wade Horton.

Trevor has more than 20 years of both public and private management experience. He has risen through the ranks of the County in the past 11 years, most recently serving as a division manager for the County Administrative Office. Under his leadership, Trevor has supported key county initiatives such as the Stepping Up Initiative, Jail Medical, and planning for the Diablo closure, including a role serving on PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel.

Trevor previously served as a deputy director for the County Planning and Building Department. In this role, he led the Energy, Long Range Planning, Housing, Finance, Information Systems, and Operation sections and worked closely with the Board of Supervisors and planning staff to develop and implement policies and programs on behalf of the Board. 

Prior to working at the County of San Luis Obispo, Trevor worked in the environmental and planning consulting field analyzing and processing projects for different jurisdictions throughout California.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and systematic biology and a master’s degree in city and regional planning, both from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

He received The Tribune’s Top 20 Under 40 Award in 2011 and is also a proud graduate of the Leadership San Luis Obispo program.

“This is a critical time in our County’s history and I look forward to working with an exceptional department of professionals in the Planning and Building Department to serve our County’s residents,” Keith said. 

Keith’s employment contract will be on the Board Agenda on Tuesday August 7 for final approval with an expected start date of August 8. 

For media inquiries, please contact Wade Horton at 805-781-5011 / [email protected] or Whitney Szentesi at 805-788-2778 / [email protected]