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January 28, 2002
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Planning Director to Return to Colorado
Mayor praises Sellman, says national search for replacement to begin immediately

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Director Kathleen Sellman has resigned to become Assistant Town Manager for Developmental Services in Castle Rock, Colorado. Her resignation will be effective in mid-April.

"Kathleen has been an excellent Planning Director for Lincoln and Lancaster County and we will miss her professionalism and expertise a great deal," Wesely said. "But I understand that she and her husband wish to return to Colorado to be nearer to their family, and my best wishes go with them."

Sellman, 51, had been Director of the Planning and Development Department of Mesa County, Colorado before coming to Lincoln. She became Lincoln and Lancaster County's fourth Planning Director in November 1999 following a nationwide search. Finding a new Planning Director had been an early priority for Wesely following his election in May 1999.

"Kathleen's skills have been a tremendous asset for our community," Wesely said. "Her calm, steady management style, keen abilities and ready sense of humor lent order and direction to the growth of Lincoln and Lancaster County."

"I have enjoyed my time here and appreciated the opportunity to work on the planning challenges facing this community," Sellman said. "In the next three months, my top priority will be approval of the proposed new Comprehensive Plan for Lincoln and Lancaster County by the Planning Commission and preparation for final hearings in May."

Wesely said another nationwide search for a new Planning Director will begin at once. Assistant Planning Director Kent Morgan will serve as Acting Planning Director until a new director is selected.

"Kent is a talented, dedicated person who has served Lincoln and Lancaster County very well for many years," Wesely said. "I have the highest respect for Kent and appreciate this extra effort on his part."

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department has had three directors prior to Sellman: Doug Brogden, who served from the early 1950s until 1981; Garner Stoll, 1982 to 1990; and Tim Stewart, 1991 to 1998.

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