City planner retires after 29 years

By The Mercury

The City of Manhattan’s Community Development Department announces the retirement of Steve Zilkie, senior planner, after 29 years of serving the community.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in regional and community planning from Kansas State University.

He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Kansas Chapter of the APA where he served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2012 and currently assists the Professional Development Committee.  In 1999, he earned his professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Steve started working for the city in 1984 as the redevelopment coordinator, assisting with the Manhattan Town Center project.

He then served as a project planner, was promoted to planner, and subsequently became the senior planner for current planning.

The city will host a public reception for Steve on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Ave. for anyone who would like to drop by and thank Steve for his years of public service.

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