New Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has followed through on campaign promises to begin an overhaul of the city's planning department, handing out a series of firings in an effort to revitalize and streamline the city's planning process.
"Tagging the planning division 'a shambles' on the stump, new Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker retooled it Monday by ousting director George Shaw."
"He also stripped multiple layers of management, created one-stop shopping for permit needs at City Hall and appointed a new team to oversee the reorganization, which will include community advisers."
"So now the city is on a national search for a new planning boss as well as a community and economic-development director. Louis Zunguze, in limbo after earlier being removed from the latter role, has been dismissed, city officials confirm."