The Johnson County Planning Office has hired a new GIS/Planner after former Assistant Planner Jerry Osborn retired in December.
The new GIS Specialist/Planner is Jim Waller, who most recently worked in Big Horn County as the planner. He worked in that office for 11 years. He started his job with Johnson County March 1.
He explains what GIS is and its use.
GIS and planning uses different data layers to build different models to assist in planning, but the information is also useful to the public as well, he said.
Waller, originally from Cheyenne, studied Criminal Justice and Geography/GIS at the University of Wyoming. He said he has always loved maps and this job gives him the opportunity to work at something he enjoys.
He said he is pleased he can work in planning, where he can study data and put his analytical mind to good use.
Named as the 2011 Planner of the Year for Wyoming, he said he is happy to be in Buffalo, near the BigHorn Mountains that he cherishes, and is looking forward to helping get the county's mapping and data layers completed.
The priority this year will be to complete the parcel data layer, which he estimates will take most of the year to complete.