The Value of MMANC: An Interview with Community Development Director Ryan DeVore


Ryan has over 15 years of experience in both private practice and local government. His experience includes designing large structures, roads, and custom homes as a licensed professional engineer. He’s also managed his own small business, preparing plans for projects throughout Northern California. Ryan started with the City of Sacramento in 2004 as an Associate Engineer. He was promoted to Senior Engineer in 2006, Chief Building Official (CBO) in 2011 and Director of Community Development in May of 2015. Under Ryan’s leadership as CBO, 93% of all plan reviews were completed before the due date, 98% of all inspections were completed on the day scheduled, customer wait times were cut up to 25 minutes and 34 of 40 audit recommendations were implemented. He cut solar permit fees by 70%, developed a divisional training program, and added several key policies aimed at improving consistency.

As Director of Community Development, Ryan has finalized the effort to provide for all minor permits online, expanded electronic plan review, launched a mentoring program, updated the entertainment permit process,  completed the five year general plan update, delivered urban agriculture and affordable housing ordinances, and finalized the Natomas development strategy. Ryan looks forward to implementing performance measures throughout his department, developing a comprehensive code enforcement strategy, integrating Animal Care into the CDD family, delivering an expedited tenant improvement program, improving communication and customer service, and leading the effort to bring 10,000 housing units to downtown over the next ten years.

In addition to being the Director of Community Development for the City of Sacramento, Ryan is the current Municipal Management Association of Northern California’s (MMANC) President.  We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Ryan and hear what he had to say about MMANC and how MMANC has helped in his local government career.


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