Community Development has new faces |

Community Development has new faces

Andy Bourelle

Douglas County’s Community Development Department has new faces, and a new position for a familiar face.

In recent months, the county has welcomed County Engineer Eric Teitelman from Oregon, Code Enforcement Officer Kirk Streeter from California and Senior Planner Mimi Moss who was promoted from associate planner.

n Eric Teitelman

The new Douglas County engineer’s career path has taken him through California, Washington, Oregon and now Carson Valley.

But Teitelman plans to stay here awhile. He said he and his wife Kim, along with their children Breanna, 3, and Evan, 1, are done moving around.

Teitelman started work the first week of September, and said most of his time has been occupied with learning about the county and the details of how county administration works.

“I like the job,” Teitelman said. “The people are really nice, fun to work with. It looks like there are a lot of fun challenges ahead.”

Teitelman has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the California Polytechnic University-Pomona branch. Prior to moving to the Carson Valley, he was transportation manager in Albany, Ore.

“The transition has been relatively easy,” he said. “The issues here are a little more diverse.”

While mostly concerned with transportation at Albany, now Teitelman oversees a variety of issues such as transportation, development, solid waste and water – water distribution, water treatment, wastewater, groundwater, water rights, flood water.

In Oregon, where it rained all the time, Teitelman said, water wasn’t nearly as large an issue. He described Douglas County as a fairly complicated county, especially regarding water.

“Each town has separate water systems,” he said. “And there is a myriad of other public water systems. It gets complicated.”

Several factors went into his decision to relocate here, such as dryer weather, outdoor recreational activities, the good job opportunity and the fact that the Carson Valley is closer to family in California.

Teitelman said he is looking forward to working and living in Douglas County.

n Kirk Streeter

Douglas County’s new code enforcement officer has lived most of his life in Denver, but spent the last 12 years in the desert. He wanted to live in an area with greenery and mountains again.

Streeter started work July 28, having worked in Yucca Valley, Calif., before coming to the Carson Valley. He said he found out about the job opportunity from Douglas County Assistant Planner Pete Wysocki, who he worked with at Yucca Valley. He was familiar with the Carson Valley from vacations and decided it would be a nice place to live.

In Douglas County, Streeter is responsible for enforcing code violations, responding mostly to complaints. He has been involved in code enforcement for about five years.

At Yucca Valley, Streeter did code enforcement and animal control. He said the position there was more managerial, involving late-night meetings and hectic hours because he was always on-call with animal control.

So far, he likes the position here better.

“One thing I’ve noticed,” Streeter said, “is the people seem to be much friendlier than in Southern California, more easy going. It makes my job more enjoyable.”

Streeter lives in Douglas County with his wife Vicki and his 21-year-old daughter Tonya.

“We love the area,” he said. “We’d like to stay here. So far, I enjoy the job. No complaints.”

n Mimi Moss

Douglas county’s new senior planner isn’t new to the county at all.

Until recently, Moss was a Douglas County associate planner, the positition she held for three years. Living in Merced, Calif. before coming to the Valley, Moss said learning about the county was a little overwhelming then, but her recent job transition has gone smoothly.

As an associate planner, Moss said, her job was mostly involved with current planning such as new developments. Now she works with broader, long-range issues such as helping to implement the master plan.

“One of the things the planning field makes you aware of is the changes that occur,” Moss said. “In an area as beautiful as Douglas County, the key is to maintain the quality of life. There has to be a balance between development and what’s here.”

Moss recently received the American Institute of Certified Planners certification, which only 10,500 planners have nationwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, but she said most of her abilities as a planner come from experience, having worked three years here and three years in Merced before coming to the Valley.

Moss lives in Douglas County with her husband David and daughter Melissa, who attends Douglas High School. She also has a son, Dennis, who has been in the Army for one year.

She said she enjoys living in the Valley and has no intention to leave.

“The poeple are friendly,” Moss said. “I love the views. The Carson Valley is unique in that – the beautiful panoramic view.”

Moss said she is happy with the promotion and eager for the challenges of the position. She’s looking forward to being a part of Douglas County’s future.

“There’s a lot going on for the future of Douglas County,” she said. “There’s a lot of potential. It’s fun to be a part of that.”