Michael Watkins has been promoted to zoning administrator for the Town of Leesburg.
He takes the position formerly held by Chris Murphy, who remains in the town employ as a senior planning project manager.
Watkins had served as the town’s assistant zoning administrator since 2016. He has been a member of the town staff since 2008 when he was hired as a senior planner.
Prior to joining the town staff, Watkins worked for a number of private engineering firms, performing survey field work, deed research, topographic and boundary survey preparation, subdivision design, site analysis, and project management. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a concentration in urban and regional planning from Frostburg State University and is a certified zoning administrator.
In his new role, he will review and interpret the town’s Zoning Ordinance and related regulations; work with residents, businesses, and developers to understand community needs regarding zoning regulations; and prepare amendments to the zoning regulations as necessary to keep the town’s ordinances reflective of community needs and zoning best practices.