Tuolumne County economic development chief resigns

Sonora, CA – Tuolumne County Director of Innovation and Business Assistance, Cole Przybyla, is stepping down.

Clarke Broadcasting contacted Tuolumne County Administrator (CAO) Tracie Riggs, who confirmed that Przybyla had submitted a letter of resignation on March 18. Przybyla has accepted a position with the State Department of Technology as a broadband coordinator and will work to roll out Gov. Gavin Newsom’s broadband plans.

Regarding next steps, CAO Riggs responded, “My plans are to work with the council and the City of Sonora to analyze current needs to determine the best steps moving forward. Anyway, I haven’t started recruiting for his position.

The position was created after the county and city decided to disband the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority. He came under fire after an unfavorable grand jury report in 2018 and transparency-related lawsuits were filed.

Then, in August 2019, supervisors hired Przybyla to lead the county’s economic development efforts. His contract was for five years with a starting salary of $99,000, as detailed here. He served nearly three years. When asked if the position will definitely be filled, Riggs said: ‘I can’t answer whether the position will be filled or not. I need time to work with my council and the city on next steps.

We also contacted Przybyla, who confirmed his resignation and the new job, but declined to comment further until a later date. His last day is April 15.

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