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KETCHUM — Micah Austin, head of Ketchum’s planning and building department, will leave his post next month to become top administrator for the city of Ammon. He will begin his new job on March 29.

“We wish Micah all the best as he pursues this new professional challenge, and we thank him for his service and commitment to Ketchum during the last three years,” Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw said in a statement. “Micah’s leadership, energy and ideas were on display throughout his tenure here — from his role in helping rewrite the city’s zoning code to his steady hand during the flooding of 2017.”

Before coming to Ketchum, Austin served as community development director for the city of Hailey. In 2015, he began rewriting Ketchum’s zoning code — modernizing the structure and layout of the ordinance. Those efforts were recognized by the Association of Idaho Cities, which awarded Ketchum with the best zoning rewrite of 2016.

In October 2017, Austin supervised the application process for Ketchum to obtain designation as an International Dark Sky Reserve. He also led the drafting of zoning regulations dealing with design review, floodplain, snow storage, signage and gas stations — changes that helped to enhance economic development opportunities and bring regulations into alignment with the city’s comprehensive plan.

“I am truly grateful for my time serving the Ketchum community and all the work that has been accomplished,” Austin said in a statement, adding the move is largely driven by family and career growth. “While it’s difficult to move on, I’m also eager to tackle new challenges and responsibilities with the City of Ammon.”

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