County to search for new planner

By Hank Lohmeyer

The county administration is working to enlist an interim county planner until a permanent planner can be hired.

County administrator Robbie LeValley said last week that efforts to hire a planner for the short term had not yet succeeded. The long-term plan is to advertise for and hire a new planner for the county in the wake of the resignation of Dave Rice from the post on Aug. 14.

According to the county personnel department, Rice began work with the planning department in 2004 and became the county's senior planner in 2007.

Until the planner post is filled, LeValley said department staff is available to help the public with any inquiries or needs.