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New Berkeley District Representative to the Planning Commission Appointed

Date: January 22, 2008


The James City County Board of Supervisors recently appointed Reese Peck as the new Berkeley District Representative to the Planning Commission. Peck, a former Deputy Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources in South Dakota, began his state career with the South Dakota State Planning Bureau in 1979 as the local government liaison. He later moved to the State’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, where he continued his close association with local governments through the administration of the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program, other state funding programs and the State’s Water Planning Process.


Following his environmental career in South Dakota, Peck was selected in 1997 to set-up the Catskill Watershed Corporation, an environmental and economic partnership program in the New York City watershed. The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) was the result of a precedent-setting agreement between New York City, the upstate communities that supply its water, environmental interests, and state and federal authorities.


Peck holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY, Albany. He and his wife, Julie Apgar, an Earth Science teacher at Warhill High School, and their two children, Kristofer and Alexander, have lived in Powhatan Secondary since 2004. In addition to the Planning Commission, Mr. Peck will serve as a member of the Policy Committee and the Comprehensive Plan’s Community Participation Team.


Mr. Peck will complete the term of Mary Jones, who now serves on the Board of Supervisors. His first term on the Planning Commission will expire on January 31, 2009. For more information, contact the Planning Division at (757) 253-6685 or



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