This information was provided by Charles Gardner, former Planning Director of Kings County:
I was with Kings County for 40 years. I started in July of 1953 as a junior planner and was appointed director in 1959. So when I retired in 1993, I had served as the director for 34 years.
There was not a planning directors association when I was first appointed planning director. At that time, the directors would meet in a technician's session the day before the California County Planning Commissioners Association. In 1961 at our meeting in Santa Barbara, we set out to form the association and in 1962 at a meeting in the Sacramento Inn, we formally adopted our Constitution. I was a charter member of the group and I believe I am now the only surviving charter member. In the early 1980s, there were only two of us left, Robert Petersen and myself.
I became the Secretary Treasurer of the association in 1978 and have served continually since then. Technically, I have not resigned from that position so this year (2011). I have served in that capacity for 33 years.