Commissioners appoint Deanna Walter as Community Development’s interim director

WENATCHEE -Chelan County commissioners appointed Deanna Walter as the interim director of Community Development on March 21, 2022.  Walter, who has been the Chelan County assessor since 2011, will serve in the position until a permanent director is hired to lead Community Development, the county’s planning and building department.

She is taking on the role while continuing to serve as Chelan County assessor.  Walter, who has more than 27 years of land use experience and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, has served in the interim director’s position for Community Development in the past. Commissioners appointed her to the position in March 2020. She continued as interim assistant director when former director Jim Brown, who left Community Development at the end of January, was hired in April 2020. And she was the assistant director of Community Development from 2002 to 2005 before being appointed county assessor.

“Commissioners recognize that finding a permanent director is going to be a longer process then we originally thought,” Commissioner Kevin Overbay said. “We are grateful to Deanna for again stepping up in this role at what is a very busy time for Community Development.”

Walter replaces Chelan County building official Chris Young, who was appointed as interim director in January. Last week, Young informed commissioners he was stepping down from the interim director position to focus on his building official duties. Summer is typically peak season for building permits.

In early April, commissioners will have a workshop with the county’s human relations consultant to discuss a job description and salary for the director’s position. Commissioners hope to have a new Community Development director in place by mid-summer.


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