Town of Vail adds new staff members
VAIL — Town of Vail Community Development Director George Ruther announced the appointment of two new staff members — a housing manager and a planning manager — following national searches.
Alan Nazzaro joined the department in June as housing manager, a newly created position. In this new role, Nazzaro is responsible for the day-to-day management of the housing team as well as the development of the town’s long-term housing policies, plans and programs. One of Nazzaro’s immediate projects is to evaluate the many existing housing policies and programs and provide recommendations for strategies and actions to further the town’s affordable housing goals. Nazzaro will lead the Chamonix housing development in West Vail, which aims to providing homes for families in Vail.
Nazzaro has over 30 years of experience in community development, housing, land development and redevelopment, including long tenures with the city of Aurora at the local level and with Housing and Urban Development in the Rocky Mountain region. Nazzaro is most recently from Community Restoration Partners LLC, a community development consulting firm where he served as managing partner. He also was a reserve group supervisor for community recovery assistance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nazzaro has experience in both the public and private sectors and has helped the cities of Westminster; St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana; Minot, North Dakota; and other communities address affordable housing issues.
Also joining the department is Chris Neubecker, who assumes the role of planning manager this month. Neubecker has more than 17 years of municipal planning experience, including 15 years with the town of Breckenridge, where he served in a similar role. He has spent the past two years as a senior planner with the city of Englewood. As Vail’s planning manager, Neubecker will be responsible for overseeing the town’s development review process and long-term planning efforts. In his first few months on the job, Neubecker will be tasked with assisting with the implementation of the department’s new permit tracking software aimed at further improving the effectiveness and efficiencies of the development review process.
In announcing the new staff members, Ruther says the community will benefit greatly from the wealth of experience both Nazzaro and Neubecker bring to their jobs.
“They’re both exceptionally talented individuals that bring a wealth of experiences and a readiness to hit the ground running. I’m confident each will do an exceptional job for our community,” he said.
Ruther also acknowledged the efforts of Jonathan Spence, a planner who has assumed additional responsibilities to accommodate the vacancies. The department is currently conducting interviews to fill two remaining vacancies, a current planner position and a long-range planner position, which will return the department to full staff with 14.5 members.
The Community Development Department is responsible for long-range planning, development review services, affordable housing, building inspection and safety services and environmental sustainability.