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NEWS ADVISORY

Jan. 13, 2009
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Bartlam to remain as Lodi's chief planner through 2009

Konradt “Rad” Barltam, interim community development director for the City of Lodi since Aug. 25, 2008, will remain on the job through 2009, City Manager Blair King announced Tuesday.

A proposed professional services contract, which is scheduled for consideration at the Jan. 21 Lodi City Council meeting, calls for Bartlam serving a 12-month period beginning Jan. 26. Lodi recently conducted two searches for a permanent community development director, but King said Bartlam is the best choice for Lodi.

“This arrangement allows Lodi to retain Rad’s experience and knowledge during this important time and provides for continuity in completing the General Plan,” King said.

Lodi began the process of updating its General Plan – the document that outlines the City’s future growth plans – in 2006. The update is tentatively scheduled for adoption in late 2009.

Bartlam will earn $90 an hour for his professional services, but no benefits. He is expected to attending Lodi Planning Commission and Lodi City Council meetings as needed. He will work a minimum of 24 hours a week and have weekly office hours Tuesday through Thursday.

Bartlam was Lodi’s community development director from 1996 to 2005, when he left to join a private development firm. He has nearly 25 years of municipal planning experience.

Bartlam also is a managing partner in an environmental finance and resource management company.

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