Brian Dolan, most recently the director of development services for Vallejo, has been hired as Community Development Director for the city of Pleasanton, a new post that will merge municipal planning, building code enforcement and safety units.
Dolan, 47, will succeed Jerry Iserson, Director of Planning and Community Development, who plans to retire.
In making the announcement, City Manager Nelson Fialho said Dolan's responsibilities and the larger, combined departments that he will head stems from the city's desire to streamline the permitting process. Both city committees and outside advisors spent about 18 months reviewing the existing process before recommending the new structure, Fialho said.
"I have great expectations that this new department will systematize the planning and development functions of the city in a way that marks an immediate improvement in the level of customer service," Fialho said. "Brian's collective experience in both the public and private sectors will be a valuable resource in meeting this goal."
Dolan brings 22 years of professional urban planning experience to his new position, along with eight years of management skill in municipal planning and private sector experience in environmental engineering.
Prior to his Vallejo position, Dolan worked in economic development and planning for the cities of Concord, where he was a principal planner, and Palo Alto.
"He also has broad experience in private sector engineering as a senior environmental planner and is well versed on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)," Fialho said.
"He was at the forefront of the planning and implementation of the Mare Island Specific Plan, which encompassed more than 1,000 acres and is considered a model for military base reuse," Fialho added. "He also worked on the development of the General Plan for Palo Alto.
Dolan is a former Planning Commission for the city of El Cerrito. His wife Allison, an attorney, serves on the Planning Commission for the town of Moraga, where the Dolans live with their children, Brandon, 13, and Madelyn, 10.
Dolan will start his new job in Pleasanton April 7. Iserson, who earlier announced his intentions to retire, continued to stay on the job until his replacement was found. He has agreed to continue working on special assignment for a few more months to complete work on the city's General Plan Update, which should be done within the next few months.