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Employment History

Community Development Director

Klamath Falls

Community Development Director

City of Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls Planning Dept.


Member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter
American Planning Association

American Planning Association



Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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On Tuesday night the City Council voted 7-0 to offer the city manager job to Sandra Zaida, who's the community development director for Klamath Falls.

Zaida considered the offer, but she declined it on Thursday morning.
Petry said that on Tuesday night, when councilors discussed the six candidates they had interviewed, Zaida and Brocato were "at the top."
One difference between the two is that Zaida works in city government, whereas Brocato's professional experience is in private business.

Klamath Falls & Klamath County ::: Breakfast with the President [cached]

Guest Speaker: Sandra Zaida, Community Development Director

Sandra Zaida is the Community Development Director for the City of Klamath Falls. The Community Development Department consists of Parks and Cemeteries, Land Use Planning, Code Enforcement, Downtown Urban Renewal and Parking, and Business Licensing. Sandra started her career as a land use planner with the city in 1998 after moving from San Luis Obispo, California where she was the County's Park Planner. Prior to graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an MBA, specializing in Agricultural Business, and a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture, she resided in Santa Barbara, California. She has served on the board for the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association and is the past-president for the Oregon City Planning Directors Association board.

Chapter Newswire - March 2001 [cached]

Sandra Zaida - Klamath Falls Planning Dept.

OAPA Executive Board [cached]

Sandra Zaida, AICP

Planning Director, City of Klamath Falls
226 South 5th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 883-5396
(541) 883-5390 fax [cached]

Sandra Zaida was brushing her teeth in her Klamath Falls home when she found out, a few minutes past 10 o'clock Tuesday night, that the Baker City Council had just voted 7-0 to offer her the job of city manager.

Jennifer Watkins, the city's community development director, telephoned Zaida from Baker City Hall to tell her of the Council's offer.
Councilors added only one condition to that offer , it's pending until the city completes a criminal background check on Zaida.
Watkins told councilors, who waited in council chambers during Watkins' five-minute phone conversation, that Zaida was "excited" but that she wanted to consider the Council's offer overnight.
Watkins said Zaida intended to call City Hall this morning with her answer.
As of 9:35 a.m., 10 minutes before the Baker City Herald's press deadline, Zaida had not phoned City Hall, Watkins said.
It was perhaps appropriate that Watkins extended the Council's offer to Zaida.
The two have the same job title , Zaida works as community development director in Klamath Falls, a city of 20,720 in South-Central Oregon near the California border.
Zaida, one of six candidates whom city councilors interviewed, told the Baker City Herald in a telephone interview Monday that although she's happy with her current job, "Baker City has always been on my radar."
"I like small towns," Zaida said.
Councilors did not discuss what Zaida's salary might be.
The city advertised a salary range of $84,000 to $96,000.Gillham's final salary was $82,548.
Mayor Jeff Petry said Tuesday that Zaida impressed him during her 90-minute interview with the City Council on Saturday.
Petry described Zaida as "energetic," "very competent" and a manager who will bring "fresh thinking" to City Hall.
Councilor Beverly Calder said Zaida came across during her interview as a consummate professional , "Confident but not at all cocky."
Zaida is a recent member of the board of directors for the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association; her term expired last June.
On Jan. 9 the City Council pared that list to five candidates , Zaida; Fine; Steve Bogart, who served as the city's interim manager from fall 2004 through fall 2005; Rodger Bennett, who worked as Baker City manager from May 1980 until August 1983 and was city manager in Florence until the end of 2006; and David Weiser, former city manager in Ocean Shores, Wash.
Councilors re-opened the meeting to the public, as required by Oregon's public meetings law, before voting 7-0 to offer the job to Zaida.

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