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Cole: Taking job ‘right move’

Posted: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

To Tom Cole, Santa Clarita’s new community development director, his job presents an opportunity to apply his efforts toward making the Santa Clarita Valley a better place to work and live.

“This was a great opportunity personally and professionally, it was the right move for me and the best for my family,” Cole said after the city announced his new position.

The soon-to-be-former William S. Hart Union High School District chief operations officer will oversee all areas of the planning division from projects like the Whittaker-Bermite development to something as small as improvements to a new store, according to Jason Crawford, the city’s marketing and economic development manager.

Cole, who also has a background with Newhall Land Development Inc., will leave his current position with the Hart district in mid-December. He succeeds Paul Brotzman, who retired earlier this year.

Cole joined the Hart district in July 2010 after serving as senior project manager for Newhall Land. In the field of development, Cole worked at JT Wimsatt Contracting Company, Highland Development Company, LNR Property and Newhall Land.

During his time with the district, Cole has worked to bring the Castaic-area high school project closer to reality. But, he said, he does not think leaving the school district will negatively impact the project.

“I don’t see any interruption or delay at this point in time relative to what it needs to be done,” Cole said. “The district is in great shape to continue moving things forward.”

Gail Pinsker, a Hart district spokeswoman, said the process of finding Cole’s replacement begins immediately. Both internal and external candidates will be considered for the position, Pinsker said Wednesday.




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