The City of Boulder announced today that it will continue its search for the next city Planning director, as Sam Assefa, director of the Office of Planning & Community Development at the City of Seattle has stepped out of consideration.

Assefa was scheduled to interview with the city Aug. 29.  After further consideration, Assefa determined it was in his best interest to ultimately withdraw. 

Assefa was Boulder’s Senior Urban Designer from 2010-2016 and was responsible for urban and building design policies for current and long-range planning projects, directed sustainable streets and centers projects, and managed design processes and procedures for the city. 

“While we were certainly excited about the possibility of Sam as a candidate, we understand his decision,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “We wish him and the city the best in their future endeavors.”

Brautigam said the city will continue to refine the role and what is needed for the community and the Planning Department before conducting a search. Assistant City Manager Chris Meschuk will continue to serve as the interim Planning director through a future recruitment process.

Published: Aug. 28, 2019

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