Application period closes Tuesday for new Myrtle Beach planning director

Those wishing to shape the future of Myrtle Beach’s development have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit their applications to serve as the new planning director.

After 31 years, Jack Walker retired as the city’s planning director last month.

According to the job posting on the city’s website, a successful candidate “will be a visionary leader, a team builder/player, and also able to assist the City Council to articulate its vision for the community and work with residents, other staff, business owners, the development community and other stakeholders to achieve this vision.”

The city is asking applicants to have graduated from an accredited college or univeristy with a master’s degree in urban planning, architecture or closely related field and have 10 years of management experience. The salary is listed as ranging from $83,173 to $100,000,

Walker could not be reached Monday.

During his 31 years with Myrtle Beach, Walker was involved in many of the city’s major projects, including The Market Common.

Walker has said his vision for the future of Myrtle Beach included creating a mixed-use, high density project in the former Myrtle Square mall. He also said the city needed to focus on and prepare for rising ocean levels due to climate change.

For more information, or to apply, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/employ.html.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu