Edgewood marketer new planning commissioner
Douglas County commissioners reappointed JoEtta Brown to the planning commission and selected Douglas High graduate Bryan Davis to replace Kevin Servatius on the board.
Davis is a 31-year resident of the county, who works as the marketing director for Edgewood at Lake Tahoe and lives in Saratoga Springs.
Three of four speakers supported Brown’s reappointment. She has served on the board for eight years.
They also supported Maureen Casey, who served on the Santa Rosa City Council 1990-94, including a year as mayor in 1992-1993. Casey moved to Minden three years ago.
East Valley resident Eldon Devere Henderson was also touted by speakers. Henderson is a retired defense consultant with a doctorate in engineering. He’s lived in the East Valley since 2011, though he owns property at Kingsbury where he lived briefly in 2001.
Foothill resident Jim Slade called Davis the worst possible candidate.
“Davis will advocate for one thing and one thing only, the narrow self interest of the Edgewood Company,” Slade said.
Resident Bob Ballou said that three of the current planning commissioners are either active or have been active in real estate.
Commissioner Barry Penzel supported the appointment of Henderson and Casey, saying he’d served on boards with Casey and with Davis.
“I don’t think he’s raising the flag of any particular group,” Penzel said. “He’s a marketer. That’s something we need in the county.”
However, commissioner Greg Lynn said he preferred to have people on the planning commission who’d lived in the county.
“I’m made nervous by people who’ve been here two to three years and know what’s best for us,” he said.
Davis’ appointment is already a campaign issue. Ballou sent out a letter on Thursday evening encouraging residents to vote for Penzel, Larry Walsh and Dave Nelson.