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Echiburu appointed county planning director

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health merged with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.

For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain at its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland. In 2015, it will join Planning and Building at 292 W. Beamer St. in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications, Blacklock said.

Since 2003, Echiburu has served as planning director, interim planning director and special projects/long-range/environmental planning manager for the city of Elk Grove. Prior to that, he was an associate planner with Monterey County.

“In addition to his planning expertise, Taro’s background, skills and passion for Yolo County will help us continue to grow and strengthen our long-term goal to protect open space and the environment,” Blacklock said.

Echiburu holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

“As a Yolo County resident, I am eager to begin working with the county, and am excited to lead the department following the recent consolidation of functions,” Echiburu said.

He assumed his new responsibilities on June 30. The annual salary range for this position is $133,704 to $162,516.

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