Planning Commissioner Rich Hillis steps down to seek role as department head

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco Planning Commissioner Richard Hillis has resigned from his post and is seeking a position as the department’s director…

Planning Department spokesperson Gina Simi confirmed the resignation, but could not comment on whether Hillis is being considered for the director job. Hillis did not return requests for comment by press time.

Hillis, a development planner who was nominated to the Planning Commission in 2012 by former Mayor Ed Lee, informed his colleagues on the commission of his resignation Thursday morning…

Per the San Francisco Charter, the Planning Commission is responsible for providing the mayor with “at least three qualified candidates for director of planning, selected on the basis of administrative and technical qualifications, with special regard for experience, training and knowledge in the field of city planning.”…(more)

Comments are already coming in on this one. Between the state bills and the local authorities there is a growing for marginalize the public voice at all levels of government.

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