MARCO ISLAND — Community Development Director Steve Olmsted announced Kris Van Lengen as the new city planner, Friday. Van Lengen replaces former city planner Bryan Milk, who recently was promoted to parks and recreation director.
Van Lengen served as planning manager for Bonita Bay Group from 2006 through early 2009. He also worked as a code enforcement officer and planner for Collier County for three years. He has a masters degree in public administration and a law degree from Albany Law School in New York, according to his resume.
“His local experience, professional qualifications and academic achievements were a large part of the consideration,” Olmsted said of the new hire.
Van Lengen will begin March 30.
“His references also spoke very highly of him,” Olmsted said.
Learning all he could of the community, Van Lengen attended several city meetings throughout the search for a planner, including the day-long council goal setting session at the Marco Hilton in December.
Van Lengen’s salary information was not yet made available as of press time.