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Posted on: January 28, 2022

Nevada County Selects Caleb Dardick as New Assistant County Executive Officer

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Caleb Dardick has been appointed as Nevada County’s Assistant County Executive Officer. Caleb served as Project Administrator in the County Executive Office since September 2019 working on the Board of Supervisor’s priorities including wildfire mitigation, economic development, broadband expansion, and the protection of open spaces and trails.  

“Caleb has been instrumental in moving Board policy objectives forward. He brings great expertise in organizational management, government, communication, and community engagement. He is a proven leader with the ability to bring diverse coalitions of people together for a common cause whether it’s restoring the Bridgeport Covered Bridge or establishing the Nevada County Relief Fund, which has raised over $1.5 million for pandemic relief,” said County Executive Officer Alison Lehman. 

After a comprehensive search, Caleb Dardick replaces former Assistant CEO Mali LaGoe, who left the County in December after nine years to take a position as City Manager of Scotts Valley. Lehman chose Dardick as Acting Assistant CEO during the transition.  

“These are challenging times, but I am honored to be in a position where I can help deliver excellent services to our residents and implement the Board’s vision for a welcoming, economically and culturally vibrant, resilient and sustainable community,” said Dardick. 

Raised in Nevada County on the San Juan Ridge, Caleb combines his local knowledge with a 27-year career in public service. Prior to joining the County, he was Executive Director for the South Yuba River Citizens League, and before that, Director of Local Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley. For nearly a decade, Caleb provided public affairs consulting to a broad range of clients in business, government, the nonprofit sector and politics, and earned a reputation for integrity and diplomacy. 

Caleb is the son of former two-term Nevada County Supervisor and disability rights activist Sam Dardick, who passed away in 2011, and Geeta Dardick, a retired marriage and family therapist; his parents also co-founded FREED in 1983. A graduate of Nevada Union High School, Caleb earned a B.A. in History with honors at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Caleb lives in Nevada City with his wife Carolyn, an executive coach and organizational development consultant. 

Photo Credit: G Aronow Photography

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