Ocean View seeking new director of planning, zoning, development

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking applicants for its newly reconfigured position of director of planning, zoning and development. The Town has not had an administrative official filling a similar position since the resignation of the former town administrative official on April 2.

The three-page job posting, made public on May 15, seeks an individual to provide “administrative and supervisory oversight regarding the Town’s current and long-range planning programs for the Town, specifically related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies.”

The council chose to not post the position until recently, officials said, because they wanted to revamp job responsibilities and delegate some of the work previously done by the administrative official.

“We wanted to take some time to evaluate what we really needed in this position,” said Town Manager Dianne Vogel. “I certainly wanted the input of the staff that we currently have, and that was very helpful in seeing what they had individually to bring to the table, and some of their ideas.”

Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in land-use planning and public administration; American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification desired or to be obtained within the first year of employment; four years of progressive municipal planning experience (or equivalent); and experience in zoning enforcement/code enforcement.

“There’s nothing in there that’s new,” said Vogel. “What’s been removed is all of the responsibilities for facilities management. Those responsibilities have been delegated out to the Public Works supervisor.

“Stormwater management is a hot topic, so there’s more of a focus on stormwater management,” she said, adding that the Town is looking for “someone with a lot of experience working with roads and drainage. Really, someone who can help facilitate some of these big developments that are on the front end — Ocean View Beach Club, Silver Woods.”

The salary for the position will range from $62,000 to $98,000.

The search committee for the position comprises Vogel, Mayor Walter Curran, Councilman Tom Maly and representatives from the Town’s engineering consultant, Kercher Engineering.

“Obviously, a lot that goes on in that department is driven by engineers in various areas, whether it’s road construction, drainage projects, site development — someone from that firm is involved,” said Vogel. “In determining the best way to restructure, we used the input of their firm and what we thought would work best for Ocean View, and came up with a new job description.”

The advertised closing date for applications is May 31. As of Monday, May 20, the Town had received one application and résumé.

“It just went out, so we’ll see what kind of candidates we get. I think we could have some candidates that might be from the Maryland side that are in close proximity — Ocean Pines, Ocean City… If résumés look promising, we could close it then, or we could continue for another two weeks. I’d certainly like to begin the interview process by early June, with the hope of having someone in here on July 1,” Vogel said.

Those who wish to read the full job description may do so by visiting http://api11.team-logic.com/downloadPubNewsFile.cfm?i=55&t=17&f=26768. The posting is also noted on the Town’s website, at www.oceanviewde.com.

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter