Grieve Selected as Interim Flathead County Planning Director

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Commission signed a contract on July 26 to appoint Flathead County Planning Assistant Director BJ Grieve as the interim zoning director during the county’s search for a new department head.

Grieve is set to take over after current Planning Director Jeff Harris’ last day in the office on July 30. Harris’ contract officially ends on Sept. 30. The position of assistant director will be eliminated in the reorganization, according to County Administrator Mike Pence.

Grieve’s contract as the interim director will run until a new director is selected with a maximum six-month time limit.

The county will post the job opening in the next couple of weeks, Pence said. Grieve can apply for the job, but the county cannot predetermine who will fill the director’s position, he added.

The commission decided not to renew Harris’ contract in April. He has been the planning director since 2005.

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