Hobart officials still searching for new city planner

2013-05-24T20:00:00Z 2013-05-24T23:40:07Z Hobart officials still searching for new city plannerDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. nwitimes.com

HOBART | City officials are still searching for a full-time city planner.

"We haven't found anyone that is a right fit for the job," said Bob Fulton, the mayor's assistant.

The position has remained unfilled since former City Planner A.J. Bytnar resigned Jan. 4.

"We're looking for someone with experience and a degree," Fulton said.

The position, which can mean dealing with big multimillion-dollar commercial projects or smaller residential zoning issues, takes a special type of individual.

"Finding the right person is important," Fulton said.

Until a replacement is found, building inspector Carroll Lewis will remain as interim city planner.

"We'd like to get the city planner in place, but Lewis is competent, so we are covered until we can find the right candidate," Fulton said.

Lewis, who has served as the city's building commissioner under Mayor Brian Snedecor and two previous mayors, was moved to the position of building inspector in July 2009.

Snedecor at that time named Mike Hannigan to replace Lewis.

Bytnar left the city planner position to go back to school and receive an advanced college degree.

Bytnar started as Hobart's city planner Aug. 18, 2009, replacing Sergio Mendoza.

Prior to his leaving his position, Bytnar placed postings through the state and national American Planning Association.

Bytnar is attending Ball State University in Muncie with plans to earn a master's certificate in real estate development.

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