Watkins Promoted to Zoning Administrator in Leesburg

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.


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