Darren Gretler | Chief of Staff

Darren Gretler joined the County 20 years ago and is Chief of Staff to Supervisor Jim Desmond. 

Before joining Supervisor Desmond’s staff, Darren was Chief of Staff to Supervisor Bill Horn after serving as Assistant Director for the Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) from 2012-2016. He also had a unique temporary reassignment to Office of Emergency Services to serve as the Recovery Manager for the May 2014 Wildfires. He has previously served as Chief, Building Division in PDS and Chief of Private Development Review in Department of Public Works.  He began his County career as a policy advisor to Supervisor Dianne Jacob. 

Darren has a B.A. in Communication from University of California, San Diego and a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University.

A native San Diegan, Darren is a former school board member of the Del Mar Union School District, serves on the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board, the Del Mar Schools Educational Foundation Board, and coaches his kids’ teams in baseball, basketball and football.

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