Pismo Beach hires new community development director

Pismo Beach has hired a community development director with a long history of working in coastal communities, City Manager Kevin Rice announced today.

Jon Biggs will come to Pismo Beach from Alameda, where he has worked since November 2007 as a planning services manager in the city’s Community Development Department.

Previously, he worked 17 years for Pacific Grove, located between Monterey and Pebble Beach, including five years as the city’s community development director.

Biggs replaces Randy Bloom, who retired in April after more than 10 years with the city.

Since May 10, Michael Draze, San Luis Obispo’s former deputy director of community development, has served as Pismo Beach’s interim community development director.

In Pismo Beach, Biggs will manage the planning, building, recreation and parking divisions, and oversee a staff of 10 full-time and 11 part-time employees. The salary range for the job is $108,982 to $132,468 a year, Rice said.

-- Cynthia Lambert