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Olmsted County is pleased to announce the selection of Ben Griffith as the Assistant Director for the Rochester-Olmsted Consolidated Planning Department. Ben graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a bachelor's degree in Urban & Public Affairs, with a minor in Business. He has also earned a master's degree from Mississippi State University in Public Policy & Administration.
Ben moved to Rochester from North Carolina and before that, worked in Illinois, Mississippi and Florida. He has been a director, assistant director and planning manager over a span of 20 years and thoroughly enjoys being a planner. He excels in site plan and development review and likes to work on a project from concept to CO (Certificate of Occupancy). Planners play a major role in guiding the orderly growth and development of a community and make long-lasting contributions to the overall quality of life. It's a huge responsibility and Ben takes it very seriously.
Ben is a Navy veteran and served with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He lives in Rochester with his wife and two cats and they have a grown son who lives in Illinois. When not at work, Ben likes to cook, travel, and enjoys most sports.
Ben began serving as Assistant Planning Director on Monday, July 24, 2017.