Leesburg Searches for New Preservation Planner

The Town of Leesburg is looking to fill an important staff position.

The preservation planner post is vacant, following the resignation of Tom Scofield, who held the position for the past four years. Scofield recently left the town to take a job out of state.

Planning and Zoning Director Susan Berry-Hill said active recruitment efforts are underway.  It’s been advertised nationally and the town staff has also reached out to educational institutions with preservation programs, as well as preservation organizations in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Some initial phone interviews have been conducted, and in-person interviews are expected to take place later this month.

“This is an important position for the town because the Old and Historic District is the focal point of town and the preservation planner is a key staff position to support the Board of Architectural Review in its endeavor to administer the historic district,” Berry-Hill said. “The preservation planner position has also expanded over time to assist with design review in other areas of the town including the entrance corridors to town (the H-2 Historic Corridor Architectural Overlay Districts) and the Crescent Design District.”

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