City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today appointed Leirion Gaylor Baird, Wendy Francis and Robert Moline to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission. The appointments must be approved by the City Council and County Board. They will replace Jon Carlson, Gerry Krieser and Mary Strand, whose terms expire in this month. Planning Commissioners serve six-year terms.
"The Planning Commission plays an important role in the development of our city, and I am pleased that these three outstanding individuals have agreed to serve the community in this way," said Mayor Beutler.
Gaylor Baird has a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and master's degree in comparative social research and social policy from the University of Oxford in England. Before moving to Lincoln, she was the Director of the Center for a New Generation at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, California. She also served as a fiscal and policy analyst in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Finance and Legislative Affairs. In Lincoln, she has been active in Friends of the Lincoln Children's Museum, Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center Board and the Friendship Home.
Francis is a Realtor® with Woods Brothers Realty. She is active in the REALTORS® Association of Lincoln, serving as a Director and as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee. She also serves on the police/neighborhood task force and is a member of the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs committees. In the Nebraska REALTORS® Association, she is chair of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advisory Council Committee and of the Professional Standards Review Committee. She is on the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights and on the Board of the NE American Civil Liberties Union and has served on the Lincoln YWCA Board.
Moline is CEO and President of HomeServices of Nebraska, the holding company for HOME Real Estate, Woods Bros. Realty and several other business in the field of real estate. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and has been a CPA since 1983. He is a member of the National, Nebraska and Lincoln REALTORS® Associations and other trade organizations. He is on the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission and is a past member of the Nebraska Real Estate Commission. He is active on the boards of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra and the Boy Scouts – Cornhusker Council.
The nine-member Planning Commission is responsible for helping to develop a comprehensive land use plan for Lancaster County and for making policy recommendations to the City Council and County Board. State statute requires counties to form planning commissions if a primary class city (population 100,000 to 300,000) is located in the county.