(Santa Ana) - Interim CEO James D. Ruth has appointed a planning expert with 32 years of experience to lead the County’s Planning & Development Services Department (PDSD). Bryan Speegle, who has been PDSD’s assistant director since 2001, will step into the director’s role effective today.
“Bryan demonstrated very strong leadership in rebuilding the financial stability of the Planning Department and in helping synthesize the many issues of that department so that we could effectively address the problems,” said Ruth. “He was highly involved in developing the new time and materials fee structure that we’ve implemented at PDSD. Bryan is an outstanding planner and leader. We had approximately 80 applicants for this job and we’ve hired the right person.”
“Bryan’s help has been invaluable in making several important improvements at PDSD,” said Board Chairman Tom Wilson.“We will also be glad to rely on his planning expertise as work proceeds on Rancho Mission Viejo. We’re glad to have Bryan on board.”
Speegle has worked for the City of San Jose as well as the County’s former Environmental Management Agency, which was split up into PDSD and the Public Facilities department in 1996. He was also a senior vice president and principal of Culbertson, Adams and Associates, which provided planning services for public and private projects. Speegle spent nearly three years as team manager for consultant teams for the El Toro Master Development Program.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from San Diego State University and has done graduate work in urban and regional planning at the University of Southern California. He also received a certificate in planning and transportation planning from the University of California, Irvine.
Speegle is a member of the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute and the International Conference of Building Officials.