Pasadena residents, business owners and other stakeholders are invited to provide input on the search for Pasadena's next planning director during a community meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Room S249 at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N Garfield Avenue.
City Manager Michael J. Beck, who will make the final selection, encourages Pasadenans to participate by voicing their opinions on the ideal qualities the next planning director should possess and the issues the director should be prepared to undertake.
"As we move into the application period for this position, I want to provide an opportunity for the community at large to provide input into the process," said Beck. "I value the community's opinion."
The new planning director will have an opportunity to present a fresh assessment of the department's business practices, systems and customer orientation that support the community's vision for land use.
Recruitment will begin in the next two weeks and will close in mid-September, after which a series of interviews will be scheduled to identify semi-finalist candidates. Beck will appoint a community committee to assist him in selecting three to four finalists. He anticipates appointing a new department director by the end of the year.
Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell has been serving as interim director of the Planning and Development Department. Soon the department's development responsibilities will be moved into the City Manager's Office under Mermell's oversight.
For more information call the Pasadena Human Resources Department at (626) 744-4366.