The City of Oakley has announced the hiring of Brent Smith as the new Director of Community Development.
Smith worked with the city of Oakley from 2006 to 2014 as the city’s building manager. He joins Oakley as director of community development where he is responsible for overseeing the activities and operations of the community development department, including planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, housing elements and coordination of assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies.
Brent Smith is a United States Navy veteran and seasoned local government leader with over twenty-five years of planning, construction and management experience. Smith recently came from the town of Livermore where he oversaw various divisions and worked closely with economic development staff, businesses and community members. His previous experience includes implementing city-wide programs, developing city facilities, and managing large teams toward collective goals.
City Manager McMurray is thrilled with the addition of Smith to the city’s leadership team. “Brent’s combination of extensive industry knowledge and professional experience, his focus on excellent customer service and his vision for community development service are the reasons why Brent was selected. He will know how to maximize the talents of the wonderful team of employees he will lead.
Likewise, Smith is happy to be back. “I am excited to join a team that is committed to working hard and being creative to solve problems that help improve the community and make it a great place to live, work and play,” Smith said. .
His first day as Director of Community Development was February 28, 2022, and while he was just getting started, he already had big plans: “I look forward to helping Oakley attract quality development and encourage thoughtful growth as we work together to develop an inclusive, diverse and safe environment. community”
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Saint Mary’s College and is an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Building Official, Plan Examiner, Building Inspector and Joint Inspector.
Smith’s selection for the position of Director of Community Development is the result of an extensive recruitment process that began on November 18, 2021. Smith was selected as the city’s first choice from a total of 21 applicants.