The Lincoln City Council on Monday confirmed Dan Marvin to lead the city's Urban Development Department.
The department acts as the city's redevelopment authority, manages public parking and coordinates the acquisition and sales of city property, among other tasks.
Marvin is the first of Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird's appointed staff to be confirmed by the council.
He will succeed David Landis, who resigned before the new mayor was sworn in.
Marvin worked as a financial adviser, served four years as an at-large council member and was the secretary and executive director for the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency from 2009 to 2013.
Gaylor Baird said that experience and his time on various committees and boards, including a city economic development task force and an affordable-housing subcommittee for the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, suited him well for the job.
Marvin will be paid an annual salary of just more than $95,000, about $10,000 more than the city paid Landis last year.