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Atkins resigns as county’s planning chief

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Planning Director Kelly Atkins will be stepping down from his post after deciding to enter the private sector.
Atkins has accepted a position that was offered to him, with his last day in county government to be Oct. 24, as was announced in a press release this week from the office of County Manager George Wood.
He submitted his official letter of resignation on Oct. 4.
“Kelly has been a very valuable member of our management team in Lincoln County,” Wood said in a statement.
“He has overseen the improvement of our zoning and subdivision regulations, combining them into a unified development ordinance. He was also instrumental in developing the East Lincoln Development District, an overlay district for a portion of eastern Lincoln County. The department has also prepared a number of small-area plans, updated the land-use plan and assisted in a number of economic development projects.”
Wood also touched on Atkins’ role in the most recent census.
“He has built a solid Planning and Inspections Department staffed with very capable employees,” he added. “During his tenure, Lincoln County has grown considerably and is now over 79,000 people. … We all wish him and his family well as he begins a new phase of his career. He will certainly be missed at the county.”
Atkins is part of a wave of turnover in department heads over the last several months, with the county having already had to replace directors of finance and public works. A new tax administrator is also currently being sought following the retirement of Madge Huffman.
Atkins has worked for the county for more than 22 years, the release noted. An interim director is expected to be named soon, while the process to find a permanent replacement gets under way.

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