Planning changes will wait for director

Planning changes will wait for director

By Erin Golden July 30, 2013 9:06 am Comments

Mayor Jean Stothert says she’ll wait until she hires a new planning director until she implements any of the big changes she talked about during her campaign.

Discussions about reforming the Planning Department were front and center during this spring’s election. 

With Stothert in office, there’s already been some shuffling in the department.

Rick Cunningham, who served as planning director under former Mayor Jim Suttle resigned after Stothert defeated Suttle. Stothert moved assistant planning director Chad Weaver to long-range planning and put another assistant director, James Thele, temporarily in charge of the department.

When a new director is hired, he or she will oversee an $8.3 million budget, which is about 2 percent more than this year.