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Former Sonoma County planning chief Pete Parkinson to head Napa County department

Napa County is set to hire former Sonoma County planning director Pete Parkinson to temporarily head the county's planning department while it searches for a permanent director.

Parkinson, 59, retired early last month after 17 years with Sonoma County's Permit and Resource Management Department. He was director of the division for 11 years.

His new job in Napa, starting Oct. 21, is interim director of the county's Department of Planning, Building and Environmental Services.

The previous director, Hillary Gitelman, resigned last month.

Parkinson will receive the same pay rate as Gitelman, $81.24 per hour, but will get no benefits.

Parkinson's annual pension from Sonoma County is $104,808.

The Napa County Board of Supervisors is set to confirm his appointment Tuesday.

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