Zook to take helm of Nibley, Utah in April
March 02, 2012 12:12 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • David Zook, chief of staff for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, confirmed Friday he’s leaving his post to become city manager of Nibley, Utah.

Zook, who spent 15 years working for the county, begins work in Nibley — a city of about 4,500 people — on April 1. He’ll continue working for the 1st District through March.

It was Mitzelfelt’s decision to run for Congress in the new 8th District that prompted Zook to reevaluate his own career goals.

“My No. 1 career goal is to work in a job that allows me to be the best father and husband I can be,” Zook said. “I didn’t feel going to D.C. supported that goal at this time.”

Zook took the 1st District’s top aide position after Mitzelfelt’s former chief of staff Paula Nowicki retired in March 2009.

He’s spent the past 15 years working for the county, including positions in the District Attorney’s office and Employment Services Department. He was Mitzelfelt’s field representative, analyst and communications director before becoming chief of staff.

“Although I’ve had the opportunity to help accomplish several large and noteworthy projects, the ones that meant the most to me were the little ones that most people never hear about — the times when I’ve been able to help individuals in need,” Zook said. “I also will cherish the opportunities I have had to serve alongside so many other great people in the public and nonprofit sectors.”

Mitzelfelt said Friday he hasn’t yet decided on a replacement for Zook.

“He’s had a very distinguished and varied career in San Bernardino County government and he’ll be hard to replace,” Mitzelfelt said. “He’s a very trusted friend, confidante and the best assistant I’ve probably ever had.”

Natasha Lindstrom may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at NLindstrom@VVDailyPress.com.

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