Archive for Thursday, May 20, 2004

Planning, zoning director staying in Leavenworth

May 20, 2004

The county's director of planning and zoning has decided to stay.

But, at his request and the approval of county commissioners, John Zoellner, who has held the position for 6 1/2 years, will be working about three days a week, rather than five.

Wanda Doty, personnel analyst with the county's department of human resources, said Zoellner's salary will drop from $55,300 to $35,775.

His new contract took effect last Friday.

Zoellner, who is 49, said the lighter work schedule will give him more time to spend with his family.

For instance, he said he'd like to take more time to be with his 96-year-old grandmother, who lives in Topeka.

"Some things are more important than money," Zoellner said. "So money wasn't an issue -- time is an issue."

At the end of Zoellner's yearlong contract, he'll decide whether he wants to consider working full time for the county again.

"We'll see what happens next year in the election," Zoellner said of the county commission race. "There are going to be two new people. It just depends on how important planning is to the new people. It should be an important function for a county that's growing as fast as this one is, but I don't know."

Zoellner, whose wife, Sharon Zoellner, is the superintendent of the De Soto School District, said he had considered resigning, but instead opted to request fewer hours.

Zoellner said he thought the department's four other full-time employees would absorb the extra workload.

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