Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw, who recently oversaw development for Salt Lake City, will be the new director of the D.C. Office of Planning, a spokesman for Mayor Muriel Bowser confirms.

Shaw served as director of community and economic development in Salt Lake City from 2012 until this September, when his mysterious resignation left the Salt Lake Tribune to speculate as to why he was leaving or where he might be going. Now we have an answer: He’ll be overseeing D.C.’s planning office, whose broad portfolio includes zoning and historic preservation.

Prior to his work in Utah, Shaw served as a planning and development official in Louisiana, San Jose, and Miami. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Capital City Fellow in D.C., where he worked in a number of offices under Mayor Anthony Williams.

Shaw takes over for Ellen McCarthy, D.C.’s planning director under Williams, whom Mayor Vince Gray brought in this year to replace Harriet Tregoning after Tregoning left for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The appointment of Shaw, which has yet to be announced, comes close to rounding out the senior leadership in the new Bowser administration. But a few key appointments remain, including, on the planning front, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Correction: This post initially misstated that Bowser had yet to appoint a director of the Department of Transportation. In fact, Bowser announced the appointment of Leif Dormsjo on Thursday.

Photo from Shaw’s LinkedIn page