The Lawndale City Council has appointed a new planning director, filling a position that has been vacant since Nancy Owens resigned last October.
James Arnold, 58, started work last Friday, one day after the council approved his application by a vote of 4 to 0. Councilman Harold E. Hofman was not present for the vote.
Owens was one of three top Lawndale management employees who departed late last year. City Treasurer Ray Wood was fired Oct. 1 after the city learned it had lost $1.68 million in speculative investments. City Manager Paul J. Philips resigned in December after a series of closed-door meetings with council members. The city still has not hired a new manager or treasurer.
Arnold, who most recently was director of community development in Simi Valley for 2 1/2 years, was formerly executive director of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission in Muskegon, Mich., for 10 years, planning director for the City of Skokie, Ill., and a consultant on planning and development for the Ford Foundation in India.