A job description and qualifications are now in place for the position of Rogers County planning director. Applications are now being accepted.

The Rogers County Commission Advisory Committee, which has been charged with finding a new county planning director, voted Monday to advertise for the position. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 20, and reviewed over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to officials.

The ad will be placed in several publications including INCOG, a voluntary association of local governments serving Creek, Osage, Tulsa, Rogers, and Wagoner counties, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and OSU Extension office.

The committee is seeking candidates who are able to handle the management of the day-to-day operations of the Planning Commission office; assist the public, builders, contractors and developers with planning, construction and development information; and issue permits and enforce laws and regulations involved with new building construction, remodeling and land development.

A minimum of two years of local government planning experience is also a requirement of the applicants. The committee added that a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field is preferred.

Although the previous director, Chuck Taber, did not have a degree nor experience in government planning, committee members said they are looking to change the way the position functions and that is the reasoning for the new requirements. Taber was suspended last month by Commissioner Mike Helm, and subsequently resigned.

As for salary for the position, the committee agreed that the salary is negotiable, and could depend on experience. According to County Clerk Peggy Armstrong, the county planning director’s salary is 90 percent of what the first deputy is paid.

According to Helm, Taber was paid a salary of approximately $46,000 a year, plus $800 per month for travel expenses.

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