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City Announces Appointment of New Community Development Director

The City of Bakersfield is pleased to announce that Planning Director Jacqui Kitchen has been appointed by the City Manager to be the next Community Development Director of the City of Bakersfield. The Community Development Department includes the Planning Division, Building Division and the Economic Development and Housing Units.

“Jacqui brings valuable insight and diverse experience as a professional Planner with a “can do” attitude and proven leadership skills. Jacqui is a native to Bakersfield and her passion for quality development and sustainable growth will ensure that she helps guide the City toward a bright future," said CIty Manager Alan Tandy

Jacqui is a graduate of Bakersfield High School and is a proud alumnus of California State University Bakersfield, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in 2006 and Master Degree in Public Administration in 2014.

Before joining the City of Bakersfield as Planning Director in December 2014, Jacqui worked for the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department for eight years, where she facilitated major energy, residential, industrial and commercial development projects and participated in substantial planning efforts throughout the three distinct regions of Kern County.

As Planning Director, Jacqui has established a reputation as an expert in the field of planning and development; and as a team-player with a clear mission to develop Bakersfield’s reputation as a thriving community that is a modern, safe and diverse place to live. Upcoming challenges for the City include continued work on the Downtown Station Area Plan, an update of Bakersfield’s General Plan, and promotion of economic development activities that will enhance the local tax base.

As one of the youngest Director’s in the State of California, Jacqui invites a variety of perspectives and ideas that will continue to improve local quality of life, attract high-paying jobs, and make Bakersfield a top destination for educators, employers, millennials, families, retirees, and innovators.