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La Crosse’s city planner steps down after 5 years

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s chief city planner has resigned. 

Jason Gilman stepped down as director of the planning department Monday, after leading the planning office for five years. 

In a news release, Gilman cites the need to help his family through ‘current public health challenges,’ and he also says the move could help the city meet ‘projected budget challenges.’ 

He’s scheduled to become president of a statewide planning association in 2022.   

Mayor Tim Kabat, who also used to work in the planning department, praises Gilman for his work on transportation issues, affordable housing, and revitalizing downtown La Crosse.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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