John Boyd, formerly of Tillamook County, started in new role Monday

Following through on a plan developed earlier this year, West Linn announced Monday that John Boyd was selected to fill the newly created planning manager position.


Boyd, who most recently worked as community development director in Tillamook County, will serve under the general direction of West Linn Community Development Director Chris Kerr and is responsible for the management of the planning department and direct supervision of staff.

While Kerr’s promotion to community development director in January formally eliminated the planning director position, the city added a new “planning manager” to run day-to-day planning work.

Boyd will manage, coordinate and direct the city’s major planning efforts, including current and long-range planning projects. He will also supervise professional and technical departmental staff, integrate and administer the department’s operations, improve service delivery and perform related work as assigned.

Boyd said he was drawn to the West Linn position because of family and rich cultural opportunities in the Portland metro area.

Kerr said the new position was created to bring all aspects of community development under one umbrella rather than have different departments handling various aspects of issues. One example is the Arch Bridge project, which spans multiple departments, from planning to land use to economic development. Kerr said the restructuring will help city staff become more efficient and effective in dealing with the city council’s economic development goals.

Boyd’s most recent work as community development director of Tillamook County included planning management, building inspection and on-site sanitation departments, as well as supervising a staff of 12 people and maintaining a budget of more than $1 million. As a director, he collaborated with Tillamook’s board of commissioners, as well as area city councilors, building officials, city managers, surveyors and engineers.

“Throughout my career, I have researched interpretations of Oregon land use rules, regulations and policies,” Boyd stated in his application. “I have extensive experience in the evaluation of theories, principles and practices in the field of planning along with the ever-changing laws governing land development.”

Kerr said Boyd’s experience in Oregon land use, his positive personality and his diverse experience will be a benefit to West Linn, bringing big picture issues to the city level.

“He has an appreciation for West Linn-specific planning issues, such as providing compatible in-fill development within existing neighborhoods,” Kerr said.

Before working in Tillamook, Boyd was a senior planner for Douglas County in Roseburg as well as a planner and assistant planner. He has a bachelor of business administration from Portland State University and has completed coursework in master urban and regional planning at Portland State University.

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