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.