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17-year city employee will serve as city of Steamboat’s principal planner

Staff report

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As the city of Steamboat Springs’ outgoing principal planner Rebecca Bessey begins her new role as director of the Planning and Community Development Department, senior planner Bob Keenan will fill Bessey's role as principal planner.

Bessey was named planning director earlier this year and has served in an interim capacity since April when Tyler Gibbs announced his retirement. She started as the department’s permanent director this week.

Keenan takes on his new position after 17 years with the city in numerous roles.

As senior planner, he managed municipal land use planning, floodplain management, Planned Unit Development code and planning projects ranging from large-scale, multi-family units to mixed-use commercial to extensive subdivision developments.

Before moving to Steamboat, Keenan was a resident engineer and associate engineer with Guertin Elkerton & Associates in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

A 17-year Yampa Valley resident, Keenan was nominated for the Community Agriculture Alliance's New Pioneer of the Yampa Valley in 2008 and recognized with a Yampa Valley Sustainability Council award for his sustainability advocacy with the city's Green Team, which he chaired.

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Outside municipal interests, Keenan served on the board for the Routt Schools Federal Credit Union, holding the president’s position for four years.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified floodplain manager, Keenan holds a Bachelor of Science in Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental planning from Westfield State College.