White Rock hires new director of planning and development

WHITE ROCK – The City by the Sea will have a new director of planning and development in Karen Cooper starting April 9. The city announced the position had been filled Wednesday morning, and comes two months after the previous director, Paul Stanton, was let go.

According to a release by the City of White Rock, Cooper brings more than 20 years of management experience in planning and development “and considerable experience in municipal administration and community engagement.”

Cooper’s past experience includes a role as board manager of the David Suzuki Foundation, a director at B.C. Housing and a senior policy consultant for the City of Toronto, to name a few.

“We are pleased to have Karen join our team and know that her breadth of experience will prove valuable for the City of White Rock,” said Dan Bottrill, the city’s CAO.

Cooper likewise said she was excited to start.

“I’m really enthusiastic about joining the City of White Rock. I look forward to working with city staff, the mayor and council and the community to build on the many opportunities here,” she said.