VACAVILLE — Emily Cantu was named the permanent director of Vacaville’s Housing Department after holding the interim position for several months.
Cantu took over the temporary role in August 2013, when Cyndi Johnston retired. She said she is “excited and privileged” to be named the new director.
“The Housing Services staff is a great group of people who are dedicated to the work they do and (are) a pleasure to work with,” she said in a press release. “Because the elimination of redevelopment hit our programs pretty hard, our focus moving forward will be working to expand the services we provide.”
The department has been in transition for more than two years. It was formerly known as the Housing and Redevelopment Department, but the state-ordered demise of redevelopment beginning in 2011 necessitated the changes.
Cantu has a degree in sociology from California State University, East Bay and a master’s in public administration from Golden Gate University. She has been with the city of Vacaville since 2000 and started in the Section 8 housing program. Six years later, she moved to Housing and Redevelopment.
“She’s a longtime employee who has the respect of her co-workers and knowledge of the department that we need,” said Laura Kuhn, the Vacaville’s city manager.
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