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September 19, 2016

Warrenton planning chief job draws 22 applicants

Warrenton hopes to hire a new planning director by late October or early November.

Twenty-two people applied for the position, according to Town Manager Brannon Godfrey.

Mr. Godfrey, Finance and Human Resources Director Stephanie Miller, Winchester Planning Director Tim Youmans and Hank Day, a local lawyer, will interview candidates for the position.

“I’ve got a really good pool of applicants,” Mr. Godfrey said. “It’s going to be a tough decision.”

Sarah Sitterle, Warrenton’s planning director for seven years, resigned in July to accept the same job in Nolensville, Tenn. Ms. Sitterle works on the staff Town Administrator Ken McLawhon, Warrenton’s former town manager.

Senior Planner Denise M. Harris serves as Warrenton’s interim planning director.

The new director of planning and community development will make $90,000 to $105,000 annually.

The director will:

• Coordinate and supervise building code, zoning land use ordinance and environmental code enforcements.

• Review plans and permit applications.

• Research and prepare reports for the staff, town council, property owners and others.

• Oversee the town’s comprehensive plan.

• Prepare and administer the $936,357 community development budget.

Later this month, the town will also hire a planning consultant from The Berkley Group to work under contract two days a week for one year.

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TooTrue · September 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Wasn't Mr. Day once the Town's attorney a long time ago? How did this panel member come to be?
TooTrue · September 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm
It appears that robbinnhoodd is on target.
robbinnhoodd · September 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm
Maybe the Town Manager can't really manage? Seems like a whole lot of bureaucracy to me with little action. I thought these new council members were going to clean up this mess.
TooTrue · September 21, 2016 at 10:15 am
Freedom warrior has put it in the proper perspective.
Freedom warrior · September 20, 2016 at 5:39 pm
I went back and looked at old articles here and at old issues of the democrat, and asked around people active in the cimmunity. So the interim planner director was hired to rewrite the comprehensive plan (hasn't happened). Then an article came out a week or two ago that a consultant would be hired for rewriting the sign code. Now this other group is being hired 2 days a week for a year. Perhaps Fauquier Now would like to question planner Harris and Mqnager Godfrey and have them answer to what is obviously a questionable set of decisions to hire private consultants to do the work of paid public servants.
TooTrue · September 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm
Very good questions and points Freedom Warrior.
Freedom warrior · September 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm
So why is a consultant needed? The public deserves to know why, and for what purpose.
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