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Raytown Announces Community Development Director

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Benson as the new Community Development Director. John assumed the position of interim director while we reviewed the direction of the department. As interim, John gained the experience he needed to assume the director position,” said City Administrator, Mahesh Sharma. “John has shown not only technical skills, but also the creativity and the vision to lead the department into the future.”

Mr. Benson’s promotion will be effective November 1, 2012.

Mr. Benson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Regional and Community Planning from Iowa State University. He is currently working on his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners.

“Raytown is a great City and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with the community, Aldermen, Planning Commission, and City staff as we build on the City’s past successes to a great future.” said John Benson. “My time working with the community and as interim director has afforded me the opportunity to obtain knowledge of Raytown and its possibilities.”

John previously was a director of community planning with HNTB offering architecture, engineering, planning and construction services. He was a senior planner for Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corporation. He was a Director of Planning with Platte County and a planner with the City of Clive, Iowa.

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