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Patrick Walsh confirmed as Houston Planning Director

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Patrick Walsh becomes new Houston Planning Director
photo by Marc Pembroke

At the regular meeting of Houston City Council March 12, the Council confirmed Mayor Parker's appointment of Patrick Walsh as Planning Director. (item 2). As is customary, he spoke briefly to Council members immediately following the vote. Mayor Parker also introduced him at the opening of her press conference following the meeting.

Mr. Walsh joined the department last fall as Deputy Director, but shortly afterward, the director Marlene Gafrick resigned, and he was asked to become Interim Director. “His past experience both in public service and the private sector will be an asset to the City of Houston. Patrick has shown himself to be a capable and energetic leader.” Said Mayor Parker.

Walsh served in several capacities in Sugarland prior to working with Houston. He was Director of Transportation and Long-range Planning. In that capacity, he updated the City's Comprehensive Plan, , Comprehensive Mobility Plan, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. Mr. Walsh will take a leadership role as the City of Houston develops its own comprehensive Bicycle Plan.

Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Science in Civi Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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