Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that David Cary will continue to lead the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department as Interim Director indefinitely. Cary has served in the position since the death of Marvin Krout in November 2014.
"David has done a tremendous job as Interim Director since Marvin's passing, and has proven to have the qualities, capabilities and qualifications needed for this important position," Beutler said. "I have the utmost confidence he will continue to provide the City and the County with the level of planning leadership we expect for our community."
Cary has worked for the Planning Department for over 12 years in increasingly more responsible roles including manager of the Long Range Planning Division. His 20 years of professional planning experience includes work as a transportation planner with the City of Omaha and with communities in the Chicago area. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
"I am extremely excited and honored to receive this opportunity to lead the Planning Department," Cary said. "This is an exciting time to live and work in Lincoln and Lancaster County, and I look forward to playing a role in helping Lincoln reach its potential as a leading 21st century city."
Beutler said a call for applications in September resulted in a limited number of qualified applicants. At that point, he said he considered a costly and lengthy national search as well as Cary's qualifications, experience and job as Interim Director. "We came to realize the best candidate for the job was already doing it," Beutler said.
The Planning Department has about 20 employees who review land development proposals and prepare plans for land use, transportation, utilities and other community facilities to meet future growth needs. More information on the Planning Department is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: planning).