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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City planner brings experience as elected official

  • In addition to having worked in the field of city planning, Leavenworth's new city planner brings with him the experience of serving as a mayor.
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  • In addition to having worked in the field of city planning, Leavenworth's new city planner brings with him the experience of serving as a mayor.
    Ralph Moore was the mayor of Union City, Ga., for 20 years. And he believes his experience as an elected official will help in his new job.
    He said there are issues that may come up in Leavenworth to which he'll be able to say, "I've seen this before."
    Moore, 60, officially began his new job as Leavenworth city planner Thursday.
    "I'm in a learning mode," he said.
    Moore said it's difficult to say what needs to be dealt with without seeing how things are working.
    The new city planner also said he's still in the process of meeting people in the community. Moore said he wants to get a sense of what they are expecting for the future of the city.
    Moore replaces Berrin Nejad, who left the position of city planner in March. Former Leavenworth City Planner Roger Denton stepped in to serve as the acting city planner in the interim period after Nejad's departure.
    Moore was born and raised in Indiana. He received his bachelor's degree from Marian College (now called Marian University) in Indianapolis. He received his master's degree from Texas Southern University in Houston.
    "I cut my teeth in planning in Houston, Texas, and Beaumont (Texas)," he said.
    He later worked in Kankakee, Ill., before moving to Georgia. He was working as director of planning for Newnan, Ga., when he began his tenure as mayor in Union City.
    While continuing to serve as mayor, he took a job with Sprint PCS. He was in charge of the company's southeast division for tower development.
    He later went out on his own, working 10 years as a planning consultant as he continued to serve as mayor in Union City. As a consultant, he worked on plans for more than 30 communities.
    Moore said he decided to go back to public sector city planning.
    "That's where my start was," he said.
    Moore said he wanted to do something other than planning in Georgia and felt Leavenworth would give him a good opportunity. He applied for the city planner's position after it was advertised, interviewing for the job in April.
    "I think Leavenworth is a great city," he said. "I think you have a treasure here."
    Moore said he knew Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller from when Miller worked in College Park, Ga.
    Miller said he's glad Moore is on board.
    "I think he will be a real asset to the city," the city manager said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Miller said Moore, as a former elected official, knows how to work with people.
    "He's a very easy person to work with," Miller said.
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