City of Belen seeking new P&Z director

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The city of Belen is seeking applications to fill the planning and zoning director position.

The position was left vacant June 8 after the former director, Andrew DiCamillo, was placed on administrative leave March 19.

DiCamillo received a notice of intent to terminate his employment following an argument with city Manager Mary Lucy Baca that occurred the same day he was put on leave.

Since DiCamillo was placed on administrative leave for 12 weeks, Mayor Rudy Jaramillo, city councilors and other city employees have fulfilled the planning and zoning director's duties on top of their own job responsibilities.

"It's been very difficult without someone in that position, because there were projects and communications that I knew nothing about … And other people didn't know about it either," Baca said.

Before opening the position to applicants, Baca rewrote the director's job description to focus on community and economic development, the ability to attract residents and businesses to the area and have a vast knowledge of funding sources available for planning and zoning projects.

"We want them to do something about our economy in an effort to stimulate growth," Baca said.

Among the changes made to the job description include applicants who have received a bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography or a related field plus a minimum of five years of experience in long-range comprehensive planning, strategic planning and development planning policies.

Previously, applicants were required to have a college education with an associates degree preferred and/or three years of related experience.

Applicants are also required to have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience and knowledge of and enforcement of city policies and procedures instead of the previous one year of supervisory skills and experience.

DiCamillo, who filled the position for five years, received a salary of $42,000 a year plus benefits.

Applications and resumes must be received by the city of Belen by Monday, July 9. Baca said she aims to have the position filled by Aug. 1.

For more information about the position, contact City Manager Mary Lucy Baca at 966-2730.


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