Boulanger promoted to planning and zoning director

Matt Boulanger

There was no need to search far and wide for a successor to retiring Williston Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau. Williston’s Senior Planner of 10 years, Matt Boulanger, has been offered and has accepted the position.

Boulanger will start in the director’s role in August, when Belliveau steps down after 10 years leading the department.

Boulanger expressed interest in the promotion after Belliveau informally told town staff last fall of his plans to retire. Belliveau submitted a formal resignation in March.

Boulanger is out of the office this week and could not be reached for comment. Upon his return, Town Manager Rick McGuire plans to meet with him about filling his current position.

“Everyone I spoke with and surveyed spoke positively concerning Matt’s skills and abilities,” McGuire said Tuesday in an email. “This information confirmed what I suspected, and given Matt’s 10 years of experience, it was an easy decision.”

McGuire did not seek outside candidates for the position. He interviewed Boulanger and met with department heads and the chairs of the Development Review Board, Planning Commission and Historic and Architectural Advisory Committee — citizen groups that work closely with the planning department — about their experience working with Boulanger. He also conducted an online survey of members of those boards.

— Jason Starr