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Planner Profile: Joni Marsh, AICP

Name: Joni Marsh, AICP

Title: Assistant City Manager

Company/Employer: City of Longmont

Board Position: President Elect

 

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
For the past 18 years, I have worked as a planner for the City of Longmont. Previously I worked in both Lakewood and the City of Bozeman. Since 2009, I have been in the role of the development service manager or the Planning Director (a few title changes and department reorgs!). Those roles involved oversight of planning, transportation planning, code enforcement and the building department. Recently I moved to the City Manager’s office to take on a new role as Assistant City Manager. I have done a variety of work from development review to working on long-range plans, budgeting and software implementation. Most of all I enjoy the great colleagues that have made my work life at Longmont sustainable.

Tell us how you got into planning.
I intended to become a city manager, not a planner. I worked in the manager’s office in Bozeman and started doing some annexation work that led to a job in the planning department. I had taken several GIS and geography classes in my MPA program but my main drive was always local government which planning was a great fit for pursuing a career in municipal government. A happy detour!

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
I grew up in Kalispell Montana and went to college in Bozeman. My parent still live there and I attempt to get to Montana frequently. I am married and have a son who goes to Western in Gunnison and three daughters who all live in Colorado, working on a variety of career paths. My husband is an engineer and we now have the house to ourselves along with our black lab Sadie. I have a horse named Daegon and do hunter/jumper/equitation for fun and relaxation. Last year I did a couple of horse shows for the first time and plan to do more in the coming year.

Who is your planning hero or role model?
All the people I work with on the Longmont planning team. They are an outstanding group of professionals and I am lucky to get to work with them daily.

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
I think the West in general poses a lot of challenge and fun at the same time. We have the benefit of a wonderful outdoor culture and opportunities are often a result of those assets.

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