Two finalists for EBR planning post withdraw names

Two of the eight finalists in the search for a new city-parish planning director have pulled their names from consideration.

Sterling Wheeler, policy and plan development chief for Fairfax County, Va., and Patrick Wilson, former assistant planning director for San Antonio, had been among the top eight selected by the City-Parish Planning Commission earlier this month.

More than 90 people applied for the job.

Howard recently became the new development services director for the city of San Angelo, Texas.

Six finalists remain in the running for East Baton Rouge Parish’s top planning job, and public interviews of each will run from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. March 7 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 8.

The finalists are:

Charles C. Graves III, director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings for Cincinnati, who holds degrees from Hampton University and New Hampshire College and a certificate of advanced study from Harvard University.

Woodrow Muhammad, the planning director for Central, who has degrees from LSU and Southern University.

Monroe Planning and Urban Development Director Christopher Fisher, who has degrees from Concordia University, University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Prairie View A&M University.

Former planning director for Norfolk, Va., Frank Duke, who holds degrees from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn University and Florida State University and served as an intern for Baton Rouge’s retired planning director, Troy Bunch.

Don Broussard, who owns a planning and design firm in Atlanta, has previously served in public planning roles in that area and has degrees from Georgia Tech and LSU.

Former East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission planning director Carolyn Rutledge of Columbus, Ga., who has a degree from Ole Miss.