Alumni in the News: Lake Oswego hires longtime resident to temporarily fill planning director position
Author: Victoria Edwards, The Oregonian
Posted: June 28, 2013

Scott Siegel received his Master's in Urban and Regional Planning in 1993 from PSU's College of Urban and Public Affairs.


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A longtime Lake Oswego resident and experienced city planner will take over temporarily as the city’s planning director starting July 8.

Scot Siegel, who’s runs a company out of Lake Oswego that provides city planning services, will start as interim planning and building services director on July 8. His contract expires after six months.

Siegel takes over for Ron Bunch, who was hired as interim director in January. Bunch’s six-month contract recently expired and City Manager Tom Coffee said Bunch opted not to continue with the city.

When Bunch became planning director the position had been vacant since former director Denise Frisbee retired at the end of 2011.

Coffee said Lake Oswego’s new city manager Scott Lazenby, who was named to the job this week by the city council, will decide what to do with the position on a more permanent basis when Lazenby starts Aug. 5.

Siegel, who’s lived in Lake Oswego for 18 years, worked as interim planning director in Milwaukie last year and has run his company for nine years.

“I’m honored to serve Lake Oswego, my hometown.” Siegel said in a news release. “There is much important work to do. Development is on the uptick at the same time the city is completing its comprehensive plan and revising the development code.”

Siegel was a member of Lake Oswego’s planning commission from 2005 to 2009. He has master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University, where he’s also worked as an adjunct instructor, and a bachelor’s in geography from Oregon State University.

He lives in the Palisades neighborhood with his wife and two daughters.

-- Victoria Edwards