Harkin will represent District 5 on the planning commission

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — El Dorado County Supervisors officially elected Pollock Pines realtor Daniel Harkin as the new El Dorado County District 5 Planning Commissioner on April 12.

The 52-year-old Bay Area native has lived in Pollock Pines for 16 years and has been a realtor for Z Group Real Estate for 6 years. Harkin worked as a technician for AT&T before earning his realtor’s license.

Harkin previously lived in Marin and Santa Rosa before moving up the West Rim in 2006 with his wife Michelle. They have three children.

As a child, he and his family camped in El Dorado County and had a cabin near Strawberry.

Although he has never served on a commission or committee before, Harkin told the Mountain Democrat that he is an involved member of the Pollock Pines community.

“There are a few projects that are happening here at Z Group that agents are involved in, like the Wagon Train and Pollock Pines Cleanup Day,” Harkin said. It was the community unity demonstrated at events like these that Harkin says prompted him to become involved with the Planning Commission.

Harkin replaces former planning commissioner Amanda Ross, who left the county, according to District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel. Ross’ last day was March 31.

“Amanda and I didn’t always agree on a lot of things, but she was always very open-minded and very deliberate about herself and decision-making. She will be missed,” Novasel said.

Novasel sought to fill the position with the right person and quickly determined that Harkin was suitable for the position.

“He seems very open-minded. He is ready to work hard and get up to speed on the responsibilities and roles that are expected of him,” Novasel said.

Harkin explained that he values ​​the community and wants to help shape it for the best, so much so that he has been studying the role of a planning commissioner for the past two weeks.

“I don’t know if (as a realtor and planning commissioner) are going to be transferred together because my decisions have to be based on what’s best for the county, whereas my real estate business is all about what’s the better for the customer,” Harkins said.

According to his online realtor profile, Harkin is a member of the El Dorado County, California, and National Associations of Realtors.

When Harkin isn’t serving one of his real estate clients or studying planning protocol, he plays drums and spends time with his family.

Harkin’s term ends January 1, 2023.

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