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Longview Director of Development Services announces resignation

LONGVIEW, April 23, 2014— The City of Longview’s Director of Development Services, Kevin Cummings, has resigned from his position effective June 27. The Director of Development Services provided oversight for Planning and Zoning, Building Inspection, Environmental Health, Engineering Services, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Longview Transit.

In his letter of resignation, Cummings stated that “I have enjoyed working for the City of Longview for the past 12 years, as well as the professional and personal development opportunities that were afforded me. More importantly, I appreciate the support and dedication of the highly capable staff members that I have been blessed to work with. I wish both them and the City of Longview the best in the future.”

Previously, the City Manager had recommended that Cummings’ termination be considered during the April 24 City Council meeting. With Cummings’ resignation, City Council action is not required. Assistant City Manager Keith Bonds and City Manager David Willard will begin the search process to identify a new Director of Development Services. In the City of Longview, the hiring of director-level positions is recommended by the City Manager pending City Council approval.

City Manager David Willard accepted Cummings’ resignation stating, “In order to ensure a seamless transition for the department and our customers, I believe it is important for Mr. Cummings to be available to fully brief an interim director regarding all of the different projects in the department, including the upcoming budget process. I want to thank Mr. Cummings for his years of service to the City of Longview, and I wish him well in his future professional endeavors.”

Willard also stated, “As we move forward, under the leadership of Assistant City Manager Keith Bonds, I am confident that he will build the Development Service Department on the foundation of exceptional customer service. We will endeavor to have clear, straightforward, streamlined processes, better communication with our building and development community, while also enforcing our ordinances with reasonableness and consistency.”

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