8 apply for Rome-Floyd County planning director job

June 3, 2017

The advertised Rome-Floyd County planning director position drew eight applicants by the deadline this week. The position has been vacant since Sue Hiller retired at the end of April.

A demographic breakdown won’t be available until Monday, but Kristy Childre, assistant human resources director for the city of Rome, said Friday that a number of resumes came from outside the county.

Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said he expects to start going through the files next week with County Manager Jamie McCord. The two governments share the department and a Unified Land Development Code that was just being adopted when Hiller was hired in 2001.

“This is a unique opportunity; the position provides services countywide,” Rich said.

The posting calls for someone with a master’s in urban planning and at least five years of experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Knowledge is required in the areas of urban and regional planning, transportation, recreation, capital improvements, economic development and how they all fit together.

Rich said practicality and an eye for efficiency are among the traits he’s seeking.

“What I am specifically interested in is somebody who can help us with the culture of ‘open for business’ — are we easy to do business with,” he said.

The planning director, he said, should know how to coordinate a business owner’s zoning, environmental and building inspection needs.

“Somebody who thinks in those terms, that time is money, and is trying to do what they can to assist with the project,” he added.

There’s no timeframe yet for the hiring, Rich said, although he and McCord could start scheduling interviews next week.

In addition to coordinating with individuals seeking services, the planning director will provide technical services and advice to the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission, the elected Rome City and Floyd County commissions and the Cave Spring City Council.

The city-county department is currently being operated by Bryan King, who oversees the historic planning function; Ted Edwards in the GIS office; and David Thompson, the transportation planner.