About Us

Interim Director's Message

Welcome to the Community Development Agency website!

Niello_PhotoOn December 5, 2012, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors combined the Development Services, Environmental Management, and Transportation Departments into a consolidated Community Development Agency (CDA). The CDA was formed to better coordinate the County’s planning, public works and public health and safety functions while improving cost effectiveness, efficiency, and customer service. The Board recognized the importance of having a single entity responsible for planning, financing, coordinating, designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining the infrastructure that creates great communities in El Dorado County. CDA’s vision, in a phrase, would be  “Great Infrastructure for Great Communities.” 

Each of the divisions of the CDA is involved in some aspect of providing community infrastructure and ensuring public safety:

  • Administration and Finance Division oversees County airports and cemeteries and provides administrative support to the CDA. The division is responsible for budget development and monitoring, financial records, payroll, payment processing, staff recruitment and training, fixed asset management, coordination with Facilities and IT, contract development; and purchasing.
  • Code Enforcement enforces minimum standards for property maintenance and procedures for abatement of public nuisances.
  • Development Services Division takes the long-term plans created by the Board and ensures that new development and/or redevelopment conforms to them – for land subdivision, public works facilities, and building construction.
  • Environmental Management Division oversees solid waste/recycling services and infrastructure; manages hazardous materials issues; and improves public health through vector/mosquito control and inspection of food facilities, septic systems, wells, and swimming pools/spas.
  • Long Range Planning Division helps the Board create the long-term vision for our communities – including the General Plan, zoning and the general infrastructure requirements.
  • Transportation Division is responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of roads, bridges, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, and ensuring that development/new construction meets County standards. 

Roger Niello’s Bio

Born in San Francisco, Roger Niello has lived in Sacramento nearly all of his life. After graduating from Sacramento's Encina High School, Roger attended the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate studies, then completed his graduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Roger worked as a Certified Public accountant until he joined his family’s business at Niello Auto Group in 1974 and spent the next 25 years running retail automobile dealerships with his family partners.

In 1995, Roger served as the President of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Capital Area Political Action Committee.  As a member of the community, he has always been an active volunteer.

Roger was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 4, in a special election in February of 1999.  As a member of the Board of Supervisors, he served Sacramento County on numerous boards and commissions.  

In 2004, Roger was elected to the California State Assembly District 5.  He was reelected twice, serving six years before being termed-out in 2010.  During his six years in the Assembly, Roger served on the Transportation Committee, Banking and Finance Committee, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee, Insurance Committee and Budget Committee.  He served as Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee and Banking and Finance Committee.  He also served on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security and the Select Committee on Foster Care.

About a year after terming out of the State Assembly Roger became the President and CEO of the same Sacramento Metro Chamber he led as a volunteer 17 years earlier.  He served in that position from January of 2012 until January of 2015.

In November of 2016 Roger entered into a six month contract with the County of El Dorado to run its Community Development Agency.  He was hired to fill the vacancy between the departure of the former Director until a permanent Director is hired and to help further develop the county’s economic development function.

Among other volunteer activities, Roger is President of Golden State Voter Participation Project (Ca GOP voter registration effort), has served as Chair of the Sacramento Valley Lincoln Club Board, is currently Co-Chair of the California Civic Learning Partnership in Sacramento County and is a member of the University of California Center Sacramento Advisory Board, the Dignity Health Sacramento Service Area Hospital Community Board and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council Executive Committee and Board.  In February, 2011, Roger was named the University of California Center Sacramento Governance Fellow, the first to serve in that position.

Roger and his wife Mary reside in Fair Oaks. They have five adult children and six grandchildren.