TRPA announces recent hires in key public service positions |

TRPA announces recent hires in key public service positions

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has announced the addition of several new employees hired in the past few months for key public service roles.

Tom Lotshaw has taken over for Jeff Cowen as the public information officer, Devin Middlebrook has replaced Kristi Boosman as the environmental education specialist, Lucia Maloney has succeeded Shay Navarro as an associate planner in the Long Range Planning Division and Bruce Barr has replaced Megan Scheeline as the agency’s forester.

An Ohio State University graduate, Lotshaw has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs journalism with seven years of newspaper reporting experience. His most recent reporting experience includes stints with the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., and the Tahoe Daily Tribune, where he also contributed as a photographer.

Middlebrook, on the other hand, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU, Chico, and a master’s degree in the same specialty from CSU, Sacramento.

He was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and most recently worked as an outreach coordinator for the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. He also interned with the TRPA in 2013.

Maloney, born and raised in Kings Beach, graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and from the University of Texas, Austin, with a master’s degree in planning.

She has previous experience working in social policy and transportation research and planning for private firms in Austin. But at the TRPA she will be working to implement local communities’ area plans under the new framework in the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, according to the TRPA.

Finally, Barr will be working on tree removal permits and forest health issues in the Tahoe Basin in his new position. A registered professional forester and certified arborist, Barr worked for Sierra Pacific Industries for 21 years and for ACRT Inc. — a contractor to PG&E — prior to joining the TRPA.

He joins a forestry team that assists more than 600 property owners with tree removal each year.

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