October 04, 2017

Ken Young Sworn In As City's Planning Director

Rapid City Council member Steve Laurenti greets Ken Young after Young's confirmation and swearing in as the City's new director for Community Planning and Development Services. Rapid City Council member Steve Laurenti greets Ken Young after Young's confirmation and swearing in as the City's new director for Community Planning and Development Services. (City Photo)

With 27 years of municipal experience, Young plans to move Rapid City 'forward positively'

RAPID CITY--Ken Young, who served as Community Development Director for Pleasant Grove, Utah the last 11 years, was confirmed and sworn in as director of Rapid City's Community Planning and Development Services Department at the October 2 City Council meeting.

            Young replaces Dale Tech, who has served as interim director of the Department since March 2016.   Tech will continue serving as director of the City's Public Works Department.

            Young has 27 years of municipal planning, development and administrative experience.   At Pleasant Grove, he supervised several development and community-oriented programs and services.  For 15 years, he has also served as a community planning consultant, assisting many cities with planning projects and services.

            "I am excited for the opportunity to work with the citizens, staff and officials of Rapid City," said Young.  "Choosing to take this position was based on a very impressive outlook for the growth and improvement of Rapid City, which is already a great town. 

            "I look forward to being able to apply my skills to assist the City in moving forward positively."

            Young says he was attracted to Rapid City due to its vision and plan for the future and one of his primary goals is working to promote and achieve the City's future growth plan.

            "Ken brings an outstanding set of professional credentials and experience, and a track record of success to the table," said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender.  "He is a good fit for helping to achieve the City's plan for current and future development and growth."

            Young's municipal career began in the 1990s when he served as assistant city manager for Mesquite, Nevada.   At Mesquite, he managed several community development projects and improvement programs during a time of rapid growth.

            Originally from California and Utah, Young and his wife DeNeise are the parents of four children and eight grandchildren.

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