At last week's Johnson County Commission meeting, Wayne Graves, Vice-Chairman of the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission, suggested to the commissioners that they not rehire an assistant planner when current assistant planner Jerry Osborn retires.
Graves said prior to hiring Osborn, the planning commission and the planner were dealing with six to twelve subdivisions per month, road standard changes and fire code changes. Also, the county plan was beginning, regulation changes were being done and zoning was starting.
Graves said when Osborn was hired to assist planner Rob Yingling, there was more than enough work to justify the position, but that isn't the case now.
Commissioner John Gibbs said he thought the reason for hiring the new assistant planner was to help with GIS mapping of the county, which is the holdup to completing the zoning regulations document.
Graves said he believed the mapping could be outsourced to save the county money.
The commissioners said they would take Graves' comments under consideration before making a final decision on the matter.