Umatilla County hired Bob Waldher as its new director of land use planning.
Waldher succeeds Tamra Mabbott, who left the position in August to a new job as the city of Umatilla’s community development director.
The county board of commissioners hired Waldher as director on Monday.
Waldher joined the planning department in June 2015 as a senior planner, and earlier this year became assistant director. Mabbott made an annual salary of $89,592 when she left the county and her new job pays $96.624. Waldher as a new administrator will make $77,916.
Larry Givens, county board chair, said two candidates applied for the job, and Waldher was the superior candidate. Commissioner George Murdock said the county was fortunate to have a planning director with Waldher’s skills and experience.
Givens and Murdock also said Waldher has earned kudos for his service on the technical advisory committee of the Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and from clients in the community.
Hiring Waldher also ensures some stability in the department. Givens said the planning staff already “think the world of him,” and “have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”
Waldher seems to still be getting used to the title. He delivered a staff report on a land use matter during Wednesday morning’s board of commissioners meeting and chuckled after introducing himself as the planning director.
Givens a moment later told him, “Congratulations.”
“Thank you,” Waldher replied, and continued with that report.