Planning Commission plans to interview three candidates for planning director

The Planning Commission plans to interview three finalists for the planning director job on May 5, including the person currently serving in the role on an interim basis.

During a meeting today, commissioners voted to add interim Planning Director Ryan Holcomb to the mix, based on his experience serving in the role since former Planning Director Troy Bunch retired in November.

The move follows a series of setbacks in the search that have left the Planning Commission with just two finalists from its original list of top candidates. They are Don Broussard of Atlanta and Frank Duke of Norfolk, Va.

At least two Metro Council members – Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe and Councilman John Delgado – have suggested that the job be granted to Holcomb.

“It is apparent that we need to take that “interim” off of your title.  You have my full support,” Delgado wrote in an email to Holcomb that also went to all council members. “Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do for our city and parish.”

During today’s meeting, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle spoke in support of giving Holcomb an opportunity for consideration.

“We constantly talk about feeding people here in Baton Rouge and helping our own,” she said. “If he is a qualified person, he should be considered. The best and brightest could possibly be right here at home.”