New Director of Community Development

Douglas County Hires New Director of Community Development
Posted on 02/05/2019
Douglas County Hires New Director of Community Development

After careful consideration and completion of a competitive recruitment process which began in October of 2018, Douglas County has appointed Thomas Dallaire as the Director of Community Development.


“Tom was directly recruited and appointed to the position because of his technical background and demonstrated success as the Gardnerville Town Manager,” said Acting County Manager, Jenifer Davidson.  “Serving this community for over ten years, Tom understands the unique challenges facing Douglas County and we are confident he will use this experience to lead the Community Development team in addressing the many strategic priorities identified by the Board of County Commissioners in the coming years.”


Dallaire is a licensed civil engineer in Nevada, and California. He was employed by various local engineering firms and left his own firm to join the Gardnerville team as Town Engineer in 2009. He was appointed Gardnerville Town Manager in 2010.  He has served as the Town Manager for over nine years where he managed staff, had oversight on planning and project management, and worked closely with the Gardnerville Town Board on a range of projects.


“This is a great appointment and I congratulate Jenifer for making the decision and Tom for accepting the offer,” said Chairman to the Board of County Commissioners, Barry Penzel. “I have reached out to Tom to encourage him to join Douglas County in the past and am very happy he has finally accepted.  Douglas County values its relationship with the Town of Gardnerville, and I hope we would offer any assistance they will need during the transition.”


Dallaire moved to the Carson Valley in 1984, and graduated from Douglas High in 1989.  Tom attended the Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology. Tom is married and has 3 children.


“I appreciate the many opportunities I have been given over the years as Gardnerville Town Manager,” said Dallaire.  “It has been an honor and a pleasure working with the Town residents, staff and the Town Board and I will treasure the time spent serving the Town. I am honored by the enthusiasm presented to me by Douglas County staff and leadership as I enter my new role as  Community Development Director,” said Dallaire.


Dallaire’s expected start date is March 11, 2019.