Humboldt County Planning Director John Ford Resigns
In November of 2016 as the County began grappling with Proposition 64 – The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act which passed just days after Ford stepped into his new position. Ford led his staff as the tumultuous changes have been taking place since then. Beyond that, he’s guided the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors as he and staff tried to find pathways through uncharted territory.
Ford had attended Humboldt State University and lived in the County from 2002 to 2008 before accepting the job as Humboldt County’s Planning and Building Director.
Ford’s even demeanor when faced with contentious situations is only matched by his knowledge of what is happening on the ground. The County will now have to find a new Director to take over as they continue to try to find ways to acknowledge the struggles the cannabis industry as well as home and business owners face while still managing to protect the environment and the safety of the community.