The County of San Luis Obispo has appointed Marvin Rose as its Interim Planning and Building Director and is preparing a nationwide search to fill the executive position.

The County also hired Avery & Associates, an executive search and labor relations consulting firm, to assist with outside recruitment activities in the coming weeks and months.

“We will begin actively recruiting for this position very soon and expect to make a hiring decision by August at the latest,” County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi said. “Mr. Rose did a fantastic job for us as the Interim Central Services Director. We are glad to have him on board to oversee Planning and Building Department operations while we conduct our search.”

The County’s Planning and Building Director position is at-will and reports directly to the County Administrative Officer. The selected candidate will lead more than 100 employees and implement the land-use planning, development and resource-management policies set forth by the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. The position was vacated by Jim Bergman last week after accepting a position as Arroyo Grande’s city manager.

Rose has more than 25 years of experience in public works and land-use management. He served as the Interim Central Services Director for the County from July 2015 to February 2016. He also served as the Public Works Director and Interim Director of Community Development for the City of Sunnyvale, Calif. He is a registered civil engineer and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and structural engineering from San Jose State University.