Director of Planning and Development: Ralph Rognstad Jr.

Ralph Rognstad, Jr. was appointed Director of Planning and Development upon the retirement of the former Director, Fred May in September, 2003. Prior to this appointment Rognstad served as Assistant Director of Planning and Development since 1996. He is responsible for managing the City of Springfield's development review activities.

Rognstad has been with the City since January, 1988. Prior to being appointed Assistant Director, he was the Principal Planner from 1988 to June, 1993, and Acting Director from May, 1993 to July, 1996, in the Planning and Development Department.

Immediately prior to his employment with the City, Rognstad worked for the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina, as Senior Planner. He has also worked as a planner in Virginia and North Dakota.

Rognstad has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. He holds professional membership in the American Planning Association.

Rognstad is married and has two children.

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