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Craig Hoffman is the new Community Development Director for the city of Galt.

Galt City Manager Lorenzo Hines announced Tuesday morning the appointment of Craig Hoffman to the position of Community Development Director for the city of Galt. Hoffman’s appointment became effective on Dec. 21, 2020.

Hoffman has served as the Interim Community Development Director since Aug. 17, 2020 and coincidentally began his planning career as an intern at the city of Galt while attending California State University, Chico.

Growing up in Galt, Hoffman attended Fairsite School, Galt Middle School and graduated from Galt High School. He returns to Galt with over 20 years of community development, planning and environmental related experience.

Most recently he served as the city planner at the city of Lodi for six years.

In his leadership role in Lodi, he oversaw development of several large commercial, industrial and residential projects. Prior to his work in Lodi, Hoffman served as a contract planner for a variety of cities throughout Northern California. During the course of his career, he has helped facilitate diverse development projects, streamlined permitting, promoted economic development and improved customer service.

In his latest role in Galt, Hoffman will oversee the activities in community development, which includes the planning, building and code enforcement divisions.

“The community development director is the guardian of land development, obligated to protect the city from outside interests – and Craig has already demonstrated his ability to carefully examine development projects and determine what’s best for the city,” Hines said. “I have the upmost confidence in Craig’s ability to lead the city’s development efforts.”

Hoffman holds a Master’s of Rural and Town Planning from California State University, Chico. He resides in the city of Lodi along with his wife. In accepting the position, Hoffman stated, “Coming back to the city of Galt has been an unexpected opportunity. It is a role that I do not take lightly and I promise to do my best to help move this community forward with a respect for past traditions and history”.