Chris Chittum, Roanoke City’s Planning Administrator since 2005 has been promoted to the Director of the Planning, Building and Development. The search began for a replacement to Tom Carr who retired in October after five years of service.
Chittum’s new position will be effective Tuesday, Jan. 8, and his starting salary will be $94,000.
Chittum was chosen after a national search that produced 56 applicants for the position. In his new position, Chittum will be responsible for leading Code Enforcement, Planning and Neighborhood Services, Development Review, Building Inspections, and the HUD Community Resource Team. He will also serve on the city’s Leadership Team.
Chittum has 22 years of experience in planning and community development at the local government level. In this position, Chittum managed all operations of the 17-member Planning Division team, including long-range planning; policy formulation and implementation; and administration of zoning, subdivision, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control ordinances. He also
provided support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Architectural Review Board.
Chris Chittum at neighborhood public meeting.
He came to work for the city in 1993 as a Neighborhood Planner and served in that position until 1999. He went on to serve as a City Planner II (1999-2002) and a Senior City Planner (2002-2005). Prior to working for the city, Chittum held positions as County Planner for the County of Franklin (1992-93), and Town Planner for the Town of Vinton (1989-92).
Chittum holds a Masters of public administration degree (2009) and a B.A. in Urban Affairs (1989), both from Virginia Tech. In addition, in 2007 the American Council on Germany bestowed him with the John D. McCloy Urban Affairs Fellowship.
In the press release City Manager Chris Morrill said, “Chris brings to the position the right combination of knowledge of the Roanoke community, experience in the city organization, and deep interest in – and understanding of – urban development and community building. He will play a key role in keeping Roanoke moving forward as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”