EPA hires leader for community development

New director John Doughty to address tax base, balancing development and community needs

East Palo Alto has hired John Doughty, executive director of Monterey Bay Area Governments, to head its new Community Development department, the city has announced.

Doughty comes to East Palo Alto with more than 20 years experience. He began his appointment Monday (Dec. 5) and will manage 35 employees in several divisions, including building services, engineering, maintenance, planning and redevelopment. He will also temporarily oversee senior services and recreational services programs.

Prior to his work in Monterey, Doughty was director of community development for the City of Watsonville.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Doughty's experience and credentials join the City of East Palo Alto organization. In his previous jobs, he has faced issues and challenges very similar to those facing the City of East Palo Alto today," City Manager M.L. Gordon said in a statement.

East Palo Alto must address issues such as maintaining its tax base and balancing new development with the needs of the community. The community development department is a critical position in the recently restructured organization, Gordon said.

Doughty earned a bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has 20 credits toward his Master in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

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