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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Tuesday that David Cary will serve as permanent director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department.

The appointment is pending approval by the Lincoln City Council and the Lancaster County Board.

Cary has served as the interim director for the past 4 1/2 years. He previously worked in the Planning Department as a transportation planner from 2003 to 2012 and then as the long-range planning manager from 2012 to 2014.

He has 25 years of planning experience, working multiple years in the Chicago area and five years for the City of Omaha Planning Department. Cary earned his master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is married and has two children.

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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