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City hires new planning manager

John Boyd

City hires new planning manager

John Boyd joins West Linn from Tillamook County

The city of West Linn welcomed John Boyd as its new planning manager April 14.

This new position will serve under the general direction of Community Development Director Chris Kerr and is responsible for the management of the planning department and direct supervision of staff.

Boyd will manage, coordinate and direct the city’s major planning efforts, including current and long-range planning projects; supervise professional and technical departmental staff, integrate and administer the department’s operations and improve service delivery; and perform related work as assigned.

Boyd said he was drawn to the West Linn position because of family and rich cultural opportunities in the Portland metro area.

Kerr said the new position was created to bring all aspects of community development under one umbrella rather than have different departments handling various aspects of issues. One example is the Arch Bridge project, which spans multiple departments, from planning to land use to economic development. Kerr said the restructuring will help city staff become more efficient and effective in dealing with the city council’s economic development goals.

Boyd most recently was the community development director of Tillamook County. In that role, his work included managing planning, building inspection and on-site sanitation departments, as well as supervising a staff of 12 people and maintaining a budget of more than $1 million. As a director, he collaborated with Tillamook’s board of commissioners, as well as area city councilors, building officials, city managers, surveyors and engineers.

“Throughout my career, I have researched interpretations of Oregon land use rules, regulations and policies,” Boyd stated in his application. “I have extensive experience in the evaluation of theories, principles and practices in the field of planning along with the ever-changing laws governing land development. … I have participated in an active role in rulemaking sub-committees, reviewed legislation and coordinating with state agencies on needed changes to rule or statute.”

Kerr said Boyd’s experience in Oregon land use, his positive personality and his diverse experience will be a benefit to West Linn, bringing big picture issues to the city level.

“He has an appreciation for West Linn-specific planning issues, such as providing compatible in-fill development within existing neighborhoods,” Kerr said.

Before working in Tillamook, Boyd was a senior planner for Douglas County in Roseburg as well as a planner and assistant planner. He has a bachelor of business administration from Portland State University and has completed coursework in master urban and regional planning at Portland State University.