By Angie Mayes

Special to Mt. Juliet News

Mt. Juliet recently hired Jon Baughman to fill current planning director Jennifer Hamblen’s old deputy planner position.

“I kept the duties of the zoning administrator; therefore we needed to fill the deputy planner position,” Hamblen said.

Because of growth, there is enough work for two people, she said.

“We are growing so quickly, and get new plans in nearly every day. It is an extremely tough job to do alone. Right now, we are splitting plan reviews and taking the team approach on everything else. I am sure that will change in time when we both become more acclimated to our new roles.”

Baughman said, “I decided to apply because I like the vision the elected officials and staff have for the city. I think my skills and experience can help the city realize its goals.”

Baughman started work Oct. 8. He said his duties are “primarily, to review planning commission applications [such as site plans, subdivisions, rezoning and annexations], attend meetings as staff support to the planning commission and board of commissioners, research and write resolutions and ordinances and whatever else may arise.”

He said he enjoys the job.

“The first two months have been great, very comfortable,” Baughman said. “The most positive experiences so far have included interaction with the people who work for the city. Everybody has been great, and I like the good attitude and team mentality at the city.”

Baughman attended Cleveland State University in Cleveland, where he graduated with a master’s degree in planning in 2011. Previously, he worked for the Trumbull County Planning Commission in northeast Ohio and with the city of Spring Hill.

Hamblen said she is pleased Baughman joined the staff.

“Jon is a tremendous asset to have here at the city,” she said. “It has been a blessing to have him here, and he has taken the jump-right-in approach. He is doing such a good job, and I couldn’t be more proud to have him be part of our team.”