By Charles Paullin

For The Page News and Courier

The town of Strasburg has announced that Brian Otis is the new planning and zoning administrator in a rebranded planning department.

He fills the spot left vacant by former Planning and Zoning Administrator Lee Pambid, who resigned in December for a job in Farmville.

Otis was chosen from a pool of eight applicants and his appointment becomes effective June 27, according to a town news release.

Otis will report to a recently created and still vacant assistant town manager position that will oversee the Community Initiatives Department, which was formerly known as the Planning and Zoning Department. The assistant town manager would help with larger planning and zoning matters while Otis will handle the more day-to-day functions.

An also vacant community engagement specialist will help both Otis and Olivia Hilton, who was recently promoted to become director of strategic initiatives — formerly known as the community development department.

Otis has been employed with Prince William County for the past 17 years and served as land development project manager and planner three for almost four years, the release states.

“Brian’s experience and involvement in our community will be a strong asset to the Town of Strasburg,” Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale stated in the release. “He has indicated that he is grateful for the opportunity to bring his knowledge and experience to town staff and assist the community he has called home for over twenty years.”

Otis was appointed chairman of the Strasburg Planning Commission in January. He was also on the town’s architectural review board and the town’s board of zoning appeals. He has resigned from the three boards, Coggsdale said.

On June 14, the town council entered a closed session at the end of their meeting to discuss appointments to the planning commission and the architectural review board. No action was taken following the meeting.

Council Member Emily Reynolds, who serves on the planning commission as the council’s representative, commended the appointment in the release.

“Mr. Otis has demonstrated a depth of knowledge and experience while serving on the Planning Commission, and I am delighted that he will take on a new role with the Town,” Reynolds stated.

Otis’ salary will be $65,000, Cogsdale stated. Attempts to reach Otis for comment were unsuccessful.

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