Mayor Don Wesely today announced his selection of Marvin S. Krout as Director of the Lincoln- Lancaster County Planning Department, pending approval from the City Council and County Board. Krout has been Director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department in Wichita, Kansas since 1986.
"Marvinís knowledge and experience with a community that is larger than ours will be a tremendous asset to us," Wesely said. "In a sense he has seen our future, or what it could be, and can help guide our growth in a positive direction."
Krout, 55, earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He also earned a Bachelor of Architecture in Design degree from the University of Illinois in 1970. Before moving to Wichita, Krout held several positions in the Department of Planning and Development in Dallas, Texas. He served as an urban planner, manager of the Departmentís neighborhood planning section and chief zoning planner.
In Wichita, Krout managed a staff of 30. His department provides comprehensive planning services for the City of Wichita (population of 348,000 and area of 141 square miles) and Sedgwick County (population of 458,000 and area of 1,007 square miles).
Lincoln and Lancaster Countyís Planning Department has a staff of 20. Lincoln has a population of 225,000 and an area of almost 80 square miles. Lancaster County has a population of 250,000 and an area of 846 square miles.
"I am very pleased that Marvin will be joining us," County Board Chairman Bob Workman said. "His credentials are excellent and his reputation as a cooperative facilitator is impressive."
Krout will be paid $105,000 in his new position in Lincoln and Lancaster County, the same salary he receives in Wichita. He will assume his new responsibilities on September 3. Mayor Wesely worked with a diverse committee of citizens and elected officials to interview candidates for this critical position.
"Lincoln is a lovely city with a strong tradition of good planning and a real spirit of cooperation," Krout said. "Iím looking forward to working with the community on planning its next generation of growth in a way that is a further enrichment."
"We have heard nothing but good things about Marvin," said City Council Member Coleen Seng, who served on the search committee. "I look forward to working with him."
Wesely has also appointed Kent Morgan, Planning Department Assistant Director, as an Administrative Assistant in the Mayorís office to fill an open position. Morgan has been a Planning Department employee for more than 20 years and most recently coordinated the adoption of the new Comprehensive Plan for Lincoln and Lancaster County. He has served as Interim Planning Director since Kathleen Sellman departed in April to return to Colorado.
Wesely praised Morgan as a versatile hard-working professional with a great wealth of experience and an impeccable reputation.
Mike DeKalb, who has been with the Planning Department for nearly 30 years in various capacities, will serve as Interim Director until Krout arrives. DeKalb works predominantly on issues affecting Lancaster County and the environment. Wesely said DeKalb, with his extensive experience, will do an excellent job in overseeing the department during this transition.
The Planning Department provides professional planning services to the City and County. Its responsibilities include implementing the Comprehensive Plan, zoning and subdivision regulations, design standards, land use regulations, analysis and research.