The Trinity County Planning Department is gaining staff after a lengthy shortage due to unfilled vacancies, including the senior planner position filled last week by a candidate with a wide range of experience.
“I’d like to introduce Margie DeRose, our new senior planner as of Monday. She brings unique experience to our department,” Planning Director Kim Hunter told the Trinity County Board of Supervisors last week.
DeRose was hired above the starting salary step for the position at $9,660 per month because of her broad experience and will work to shore up the department’s cannabis division.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and a master’s in Earth Sciences. She has more than 16 years of professional experiences that include cannabis, professional consulting, environmental compliance and public relations. Ten years of service were with the federal government in natural resources and forestry, holding positions as program manager, forest planner, deputy district ranger and acting district ranger.
She said after 10 years, she left that and opened a cannabis dispensary in Mono County two years ago.