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Planning Director announces resignation to accept job in Sammamish

Posted: June 10, 2014 9:16:30 AM PDT

Jeff Thomas, Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Bellingham, has resigned his position to accept a similar job with the City of Sammamish, Washington. 

Thomas has been employed by the City since 2007, and served as director for the past four years. He oversaw multiple neighborhood and community planning efforts, and was responsible for various continuous program and service improvements in the Permit Center.

"Under Jeff's leadership, we have completed numerous plans that will ultimately make our City a better place, including the Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan, the York Neighborhood Plan, and many other plans and projects," Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said. "He also initiated the City's first application of "lean" principles, sponsoring a staff team that has gone on to make key improvements to our permit process."

Thomas' last day at the City will be June 20, 2014. 

Linville said she expects to name an interim director shortly, and will begin the recruitment and selection process for a new director as soon as possible.

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Media Contacts:

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, mayorsoffice@cob.org or 360-778-8100

Jeff Thomas, Director, Planning and Community Development, jthomas@cob.org or 360-778-8300.

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