The City of Salida is pleased to welcome Dan Osborn as the newly hired Community Development Director. Osborn’s first day will be Monday, June 9th.
Osborn has been the Senior Planner for the County of Los Alamos, New Mexico since October 2012 and responsible for project management for land use planning issues including rezoning, site planning, special and temporary use permits, signage and building permit review, historic preservation, comprehensive and area planning and economic and community development projects.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Land Use from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and his Masters of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management with an emphasis in Sustainability and Energy from the University of Denver.
Born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, Osborn said Salida has always been his backyard and a place he’d visit regularly for recreational activities. A mountain biker, rock climber and boater, he said Salida has everything to offer.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the community and working with elected and appointed officials. Salida has a great reputation of knowing who it is, and I’m excited to get to work,” he said.
In addition, the Community Development Department hired a new Planning Intern, Kelly Finkowski, who started May 19th and will be with the City through mid-August. She is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver studying Landscape Architecture within the College of Architecture and Planning.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in architecture, Finkowski worked for a landscape design firm in Milwaukee that specializes in native landscapes and restoration projects.
Finkowski traveled to South America to volunteer for a public lands project in Patagonia and biked across the country from Laguna Beach, California to Saint Augustine, Florida – solo – before starting graduate school last August. She also spent about a year living in the area after her parents bought land and built a home in Nathrop.
“Salida has a strong sense of community and a healthy balance of appreciation for the recreational landscape and cultural amenities. I’m excited to be working in Salida and to learn the challenges and opportunities of working for city government.”
The City also hired Jessica Lattanzio as the Code Enforcement Officer. Lattanzio’s first day was May 19th, and she is currently in training.
A graduate from Texas State University, Lattanzio has lived in Salida for two years. She came to Salida to work with the Southwest Conservation Corps, and then worked for the Forest Service in a seasonal position. She also assisted the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association implementing educational programs.
“I look forward to meeting and working with the community in this position,” Lattanzio said.
The Code Enforcement Officer position has been vacant since mid-November of 2013. Terry Clark, Salida Police Chief, said he is pleased to have the position filled again.
Please help to welcome these new City of Salida employees to the community.
Pictured: Dan Osborn