Planning director resigns

After only 16 months on the job, Bainbridge Island Planning Director Greg Byrne announced his resignation today.

He will assume his new role as the city of Albany, Oregon’s planning director in June. His last day with Bainbridge is May 16.

“Greg has made important contributions to the organization and to the management team,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy in a statement announcing Byrne’s resignation. Kordonowy noted Byrne’s revamp and streamline of city code as one of his key accomplishments while with the city.

“We will miss his leadership and his commitment to building a sustainable community,” she said.

Byrne, who took over after former planning director Larry Frazier retired, offered no reason for his resignation but stated his confidence in planning staff and in the administration as it looks for his replacement.

Kathy Cook, current manager for downtown planning, will serve as interim planning director in the meantime.

Byrne bested 33 candidates for Bainbridge’s top planning position in January 2007.
He came to Bainbridge from Fort Collins, Colo., where he served as the city’s executive director of community planning and environmental services for over 15 years.
There, he oversaw a staff of 90 in four planning, building and natural resource-related departments.

One of his most noted accomplishments while in Fort Collins was the preservation of 35,000 acres of open space in and around the city.

Byrne’s resignation follows shortly after City Manager Mary Jo Briggs quit in January.

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