The City of Boise will launch a nationwide search to find the next director of the Planning and Development Services Department. This search comes after the announcement that Mark Lavin is resigning from the role later this month.
“It has been an honor to serve as the Director for Planning and Development Services at the City of Boise over the past two years,” said Mark Lavin. “I am proud of all that our team and our community has accomplished. I am confident that city leadership is taking our community in the right direction. I look forward to working with the city to tackle future development and affordable housing as I embrace new possibilities in the private sector.”
“I want to thank Mark for the leadership he has provided to the Planning and Development Services team and our community over the past couple of years,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “Under Mark’s leadership we have taken steps toward addressing the issue of affordable housing and helped care for our most vulnerable residents, but this work is far from over.”
The nationwide search will be kicked off in the coming weeks. “The City of Boise is growing and changing rapidly,” said Courtney Washburn, Chief of Staff. “The leader of this department will play a vital role in helping address our need for affordable housing and partnering with our community on innovative projects to support our growth in a way that reflects our community values and improves the lives of our residents.”
Planning and Development Services is made up of four divisions: Building, Planning, Housing and Community Development, and Operations and Administration. The work of this department is integral to many of the most pressing needs in our community, including affordable housing, public transportation, and economic opportunity.
Kelcey Stewart, former director of Human Resources at the City of Boise, will return on an interim basis to lead the Planning and Development Services department until a new director is selected.