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May 6, 2014 8:46 AM by AP

Duke chosen new Baton Rouge planning director

After more than six months of searching and a few setbacks along the way, the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has offered the planning director position to Frank Duke, a former planner for Norfolk, Virginia.
The move comes two months after the commission's first pick, Charles Graves, of Cincinnati, turned down the job.
The Advocate reports the planning commission on Monday interviewed Duke and two other finalists.
Duke said he has been approached by recruiters for positions elsewhere but kept Baton Rouge as his No. 1 option because he likes the region and has family in New Orleans.
It's not clear when the hire will be finalized or when Duke could start.

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