NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Chris O’Keefe, who has been New Hanover County’s Planning Director for 11 years and a valuable county employee for 27 years, will be retiring at the end of July.
“This is a big loss for the county,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Chris O’Keefe has been an effective voice in our community for responsible development, planning for connectivity, and environmental stewardship. His knowledge and expertise will be missed, but this is an excellent opportunity for Chris and his career.”
Among O’Keefe’s many accomplishments, he served as principal planner for the county’s most recent CAMA Land Use Plan and directed the department through New Hanover County’s first Comprehensive Plan being developed and adopted. He led the county’s watershed management advisory board in protecting significant properties along the Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creeks and inland waterways. His leadership created an atmosphere of customer service excellence, transforming both the Planning and Inspections departments.
O’Keefe has accepted a position as director of planning and zoning for one of the four largest counties in Colorado. His last day with New Hanover County will be Friday, July 21.
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