Rian Harkins appointed Shawnee Community Development Director

As part of the consent program this week, the Shawnee City Commission approved the decision to hire a new director of community development.

Rian Harkins has been appointed for the post.

City Manager Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer said Harkins had considerable planning experience resulting from his affiliation with various government entities, working as a Senior Planner for Stillwater, Senior Planner for Oklahoma City, Community Development Specialist for Lincoln, Nebraska and planning director for Freemont, Nebraska.

“He has also held various planning roles for consulting firms,” she said, “where he worked with various clients and developed their comprehensive plans, changes to ordinances and codes, studies of the scourge. , as well as their master plans and sub-area redevelopment. “

In his two most recent positions, Harkins has focused on revitalizing commercial districts, strong neighborhood initiatives and transportation planning, as well as plan review, zoning and subdivision review and projects. long-term planning, she said.

“Sir. Harkins’ career has equipped him with the skills and expertise to succeed as the Director of Community Development for the Town of Shawnee, and his experience will no doubt be of great benefit to the entire community. community, ”said Weckmueller-Behringer.

The post has been vacant since the summer.

Harkins is expected to begin his role with the city on January 3.

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