The City of Shawnee will soon be on the search for a new community development director now that Justin DeBruin exited the position Dec. 7. In the meantime, Jared Cooper, the city's chief building inspector, has been named interim

The City of Shawnee will soon be on the search for a new community development director now that Justin DeBruin exited the position Dec. 7. In the meantime, Jared Cooper, the city's chief building inspector, has been named interim.

“I asked Jared to step up due to the pressing needs of that office, as well as his skill set,” Interim City Manager Eric Benson said.

He said he typically doesn’t rush toward filling such positions unless circumstances dictate.

“In this case, I want to avail Jared the opportunity to showcase his skills; as such, (it) allows me ample opportunity to examine each option,” he said.

“I am aware that I ask a great deal of him covering two departments,” Benson said. “When I start the search for the planner position I will likely use all available recruiting tools.”

Watch for updates.