LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers said this week that the formal search for a planning director has been suspended after interviews with three of seven applicants failed to produce "quite the right match" for the position.
Instead, Myers said he will seek someone with experience, perhaps a retiree, to take the position on a part-time basis.
Meanwhile, the city has contracted with a private firm to assist with the review and technical analysis of plans submitted to the department. Brandee Loughlin, assistant planner, will continue to served as interim planning director. The position opened in April when Shanna Saunders resigned to take the position of Director of Planning and Community Development in Somersworth.
Myers said that he has begun seeking to fill the position of zoning technician, which supports the work of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which fell vacant with the departure of Kris Snow in April. .
With the process of updating the Master Plan and the strengthening economy spurring more development the workload of the Planning Department is expected to increase, Myers said,adding that filling at least one of the two vacant full-time positions is a priority.
The city has also begun a search for an assessor to take the place of Jon Duhamel who resigned to become chief assessor for the city of Nashua. Myers anticipated interviewing a shortlist of candidates next month.
Finally, Director of Public Works Paul Moynihan has announced that he will retire on August 1. Myers said that the position has been advertised and applications will be accepted until June 24.
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