Tom Skehan, AICP, CFM serves as Planning Director. His responsibilities include directly managing the planning department, and overseeing code enforcement, permitting, inspections, and GIS. He reports directly to the City Manager.
Tom reviews all plats, site plans and zoning requests submitted to the city to ensure compliance with development standard. He also staffs the Municipal Planning/Design Review Commission and the Lakeland Development Corporation.
Tom served as Regional Planner for Southwest Tennessee Development District for almost four years and the Local Planning Assistance Office with the State for nearly nine years providing planning services for many cities and counties in West Tennessee before accepting the position of Planning Director for the City of Lakeland.
He is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a BS in Social Work and a MS in Urban Studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Memphis with a MS in City and Regional Planning. Tom is a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners) and is active in two state professional organizations serving as Section Director for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and Secretary of the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Tom currently lives in Dyersburg with his daughter and four grandchildren.