McCloud native chosen as new CSD General Manager

Shareen Strauss
Kevin Dalton, who is returning to McCloud to start as CSD General Manager on May 15, with his fiancee Airiel. Submitted

Kevin Dalton is coming home to McCloud after being hired as the new Community Services District General Manager.

A 1997 McCloud High School graduate, Dalton is scheduled to start his new job May 15. Current GM Kimberly Paul will stay on to help through May 25.

Paul said Dalton was one of about 20 “very qualified applicants” for the position.

Dalton said he applied because, “I am a McCloud native, a product of the local school system, and ultimately the community. The town is a dynamic place, constantly challenging and adapting to change. It has provided inspiration and served as a role model for small communities across the United States. I know that the community prepared me well to take on life’s challenges; it instilled in me a work ethic and attitude that has been the foundation of any successes I have had. I have a genuine interest in the success of the community now, just as it had in me some 30 years ago.”

Paul described Dalton as “very smart, outgoing and funny. He will be a great addition to the team. He has CEQA and NEPA and GIS experience. He has lots of grant writing and government experience.”

Dalton’s interview for the GM position was completed via videoconference because he is currently living in Hawaii, working with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Having more than 15 years of experience working with California State and Federal environmental legislation, Dalton feels he is prepared to take on the many challenges of the MCSD GM position.

“I have substantial experience in consultation with stakeholders, as well as historic preservation, and grant writing. While, I imagine much of the focus of my first few months with the MCSD will be on familiarizing myself with agendas and network building, I do believe that my experience in the areas just mentioned will be immediately felt. I plan to secure funding to continue the excellent work that the District and community have been doing on the old courthouse building, as well as be a knowledgeable point of contact for District policies and contracts moving forward.”

The son of Dennis and Joni Dalton, Kevin moved to Chico after high school and earned BA and MA degrees in Anthropology from CSU Chico. He stayed on teaching archaeology and was the director of a non-profit environmental consulting firm at Chico State for seven years.

He met his fiancee Airiel there before he moved to Honolulu in 2016 to pursue a position with Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is responsible for the search, recovery, identification and return of our nation’s fallen heroes.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to perform this service, as so many of my childhood role models in McCloud were Military Veterans,” Dalton said. “Planning our wedding and future together has propelled Airiel and me to move closer to family and the plentiful outdoor activities in northern California. McCloud is the ideal place for us to accomplish this goal. We have excitedly discussed this milestone and look forward to returning home.”

The McCloud CSD board voted 4-0 to hire Dalton, with board member Michael Rourke absent from the meeting.

Paul said, “It is exciting to see the next generation of McCloudians becoming so involved in the community; like the Boones and Johnsons in the fire department and Chelsea with the chamber.”