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City planning director resigns

City Planning and Community Development Director Ray Ocel has resigned and Friday was his last day.


Fredericksburg Senior Planner Erik Nelson has been named the interim planning director, effective Saturday, Jan. 12 said City Manager Beverly Cameron.

The planning director vacancy was advertised on Dec. 7 and the deadline for applications is Saturday, Jan. 12, Cameron said.

He wants to have the position filled by April 1, he said.

Here is the announcement for the position.

“Our office is going to miss Ray, I have learned a lot from his tutelage,” said Debbie Mathis, a zoning administrator who has worked with Ocel since fall 2005.