County planner promoted to assistant director

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— A Routt County planner with 17 years of land use experience, two of those locally, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Planning Director.

Chad Phillips will officially begin his new job on Thursday, although new Planning Director Caryn Fox said Phillips has handled management duties when she and former director Ellen Hre absent.

Phillips, 35, graduated from Metro State in Denver with a degree in land use, with an emphasis in resources and environment.

Phillips is a certified user of ArcView, a computer program used in mapping, and he has experience with GIS, or Geographical Information System, making maps for different projects. In addition, he was a cartographer and terrain analyst in the United States Army.

"I've been making maps since '83. I was making them by hand back then, now by computer it's easier," Phillips said.

Fox said Phillips' new job description will include working on long-range planning items such as the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan and the West of Steamboat Plan. He'll also help Fox manage staff, compile information for county hearings and act as director when Fox is out of the office.

"He's already exhibited a lot of the requirements for the job. He'll do an excellent job with his background in current and long-range planning," Fox said.

Fox said she will negotiate next week with the Board of County Commissioners about increasing Phillips' annual salary from $39,603 to $42,806.

Fox is now working on replacing Phillips' position with a new county planner.

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