Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley : Anaheim Official Gets Redevelopment Post

The economic development manager for the city of Anaheim will serve as head of Palmdale’s redevelopment agency, an increasingly important department as the city seeks to attract job-producing companies.

Albert B. McCord will take over Oct. 1 as deputy executive director of Palmdale’s Community Redevelopment Agency. McCord has held a similar position in Anaheim since 1986.

The city of Palmdale paid as much as $15,000 to Sacramento-based Shannon Associates to find a deputy executive director for its CRA following the April 26 departure of Tom Combiths. Combiths, who had been with Palmdale since 1985, resigned to take a job as city manager of his hometown of Pulaski, Va.

Speaking from his Anaheim office, McCord said he was involved with the development of two auto malls, a shopping mall, large retail outlets and the relocation and expansion of numerous industrial firms in that city, which has a population of about 263,000.


McCord said being employed by Palmdale, with a population of about 90,000, will give him “a new product” to work. He added that his emphasis will be on job creation.

McCord will be paid an annual salary of $76,858.