Sonoma County taps local development expert as planning, building chief

[caption id="attachment_81535" align="alignright" width="224"] Tennis "JT" Wick[/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved Tennis "JT" Wick, a longtime North Bay private- and public-sector land-use planner and commercial property developer, as director of the county’s Permit and Resource Management Department.

Effective Nov. 12, Mr. Wick is set to take the helm of an agency, known as PRMD, that regulates real estate development and construction as well as stewardship of natural resources.

"My first priority will be to reach out to the environmental, agricultural, and business communities to share the mission of the agency and to hear from them what issues are most pressing for them today," Mr. Wick said in a statement.

The board said it conducted an "intensive and highly competitive" search for a replacement for longtime PRMD director Pete Parkinson, who retired earlier this year after 13 years in that role.

“My colleagues on the board and the County Administrator are tremendously pleased with the outcome and are confident in Mr. Wick’s experience and vision for the future of the department," said Chairman David Rabbitt.

Most recently, Mr. Wick was a principal with Sausalito-based Berg Holdings, responsible for government affairs, site acquisition, design and special projects.

During that time, he co-founded Sonoma Vermiculture. It's a project that diverts 2 tons of food waste per day from the county landfill to Petaluma River Farm, where the waste is transformed into salable soil and compost.

Mr. Wick also served as partner planner in the Petaluma office of CSW/Struber-Stroeh Engineering Group. A key task for that group was the Central Petaluma Specific Plan.

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