City hires Gattis as interim planning manager
After over a year without a planning manager, Burleson City Council approved a minute order to contract a consulting firm to fill the position at its meeting on June 3.
Calvin, Giordano, & Associates, Inc. is a Florida-based firm with a branch located in Fort Worth. Burleson hired the firm for a period not to exceed three months with the option to extend the contract, Burleson’s Director of Development Services, Mandy Clark, said at the meeting.
“We’ve struggled a little bit to hire a planning manager and so we wanted to pursue a different avenue,” Clark said.
The city has been trying to fill this position for a year and a half with no success, Clark said. The position was filled in July of last year but was vacated in October.
“We’ve really struggled to find the right fit and someone with the right qualifications,” Clark said.
David Gattis from CGA will serve as the interim planning manager. Gattis previously served as the deputy city manager in Benbrook and also has experience working as an extension of staff in other cities, Clark said.
“He’s got a wealth of experience with city governments and so we believe he will be a good fit for our department and act as a good stop gap to help us focus on some other things,” Clark said.
Gattis will be paid $45,000 for his contract and $40,000 dollars will be spent on additional planning services on an as needed basis for special projects the department is working on, according to Clark.
The city has a budget of $113,000 annually for the planning manager’s salary and benefits, while Gattis’ contract will amount to $180,000 a year, if extended.
Clark said Gattis will act as a mentor for planners already on staff as well as manage the development and assistance process, direct planners on public inquiries and provide assistance in development meetings.