Jacob Lindsey, Charleston planning director

Jacob Lindsey, the city of Charleston planning director. Provided

Jacob Lindsey has been named the new director of the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability.

“We received many applications for the position from this region and other parts of our country. I have determined that the best applicant was someone right here — Jacob Lindsey,” Mayor Joe Riley said in a statement.

Lindsey has served as director of the Design Division.

He succeeds Tim Keane who is now commissioner of planning and community development in Atlanta.

“Jacob is an excellent urban designer, his planning instincts are superb, he communicates extremely well and easily engages with his colleagues and our citizens as well,” Riley said.

Because he works for the city, Lindsey is already up-to-date with current projects and plans for the future, Riley said.

Lindsey said in a statement, “I can’t imagine a better place to practice city planning. Charleston is a world class city, and it’s an honor to serve in this role as we take on future challenges.”

The appointment of Lindsey will be subject to City Council confirmation on August 18.

Riley commended Yvonne Fortenberry in her role as the acting director, adding that she will continue to serve the city and will be of great assistance to Lindsey.

Lindsey’s salary was not available late Friday.