The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • New planner brings experience, enthusiasm to Leavenworth

  • Julie Hurley said most people probably don't know how much work goes into making a city and ensuring new developments look nice.
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  • Julie Hurley said most people probably don't know how much work goes into making a city and ensuring new developments look nice.
    As Leavenworth's new city planner, Hurley has a chance to be involved in the development of the community.
    "I'm really looking forward to being a part of that," she said.
    Hurley, 36, began her duties as the new city planner July 24.
    She comes to Leavenworth after working for the city of Shawnee as a neighborhood planner. She also has worked for the cities of Overland Park and Olathe as well as a consulting firm.
    She replaces Ralph Moore as Leavenworth city planner. Moore left his position with the city in June to take a job as executive director of Memphis Area Association of Governments in Tennessee.
    Originally form Omaha, Neb., Hurley said she's not a stranger to Leavenworth. She and her husband have extended family in the area.
    "We've spent a little bit of time here in town," she said.
    She is related by marriage to Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley.
    Julie Hurley said she was attracted to Leavenworth's downtown area and the historic nature of the city.
    "That is what initially interested me in the job," she said.
    Hurley said she also is looking forward to moving up in her field and the opportunity to have more input.
    Her work in Shawnee focused on that city's downtown area and older neighborhoods.
    In Overland Park and Olathe, she dealt with proposals for new developments.
    Hurley earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas.
    She said she became interested in urban planning while taking classes on the subject at the University of Nebraska.
    She initially interviewed for the Leavenworth city planner's job in 2013. But at that time, the position was offered to Moore.
    Hurley interviewed for the job again in June after Moore announced he was leaving.
    "She brings a wealth of experience with her to our city," Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller said.
    Miller said Hurley has a fairly comprehensive background in city planning and historic preservation.
    Leavenworth has a new residency requirement for department directors, and Hurley said she will be moving to the city.
    Hurley said people at Leavenworth City Hall have been helpful as she has started her job as city planner.
    "It's been good," she said.
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