Aztec fires city planner

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — Aztec has fired its city planner, alleging he did not fulfill his job functions.

Aztec City Planner William Homka was fired from his position two weeks ago.

Bil Homka’s employment with the city was officially terminated two weeks ago, according to City Manager Joshua Ray. Ray did not elaborate on how Homka failed to fulfill his job functions.

Homka could not be reached for comment.

The city is looking to fill the position, and Ray said it has already received several applications.

The city planner is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations about city codes, ordinances and regulations, as well as land annexation, commercial development, residential and subdivision development, changes in land use permits, conditional use permits, oil and gas permits, and other permits and applications.

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in land use planning, public administration or community development, as well as five years of experience.

Homka was hired as city planner in April 2014 and worked as a consultant for the city of Toledo, Ohio, until November 2014. As a consultant, he helped prepare an economic study about expanding an avenue within that city.

This is not the first time Homka has lost a job. In 2012, he was fired as the director of the Hancock, Ohio, Regional Planning Commission, which he had headed since 2004. The commission did not state a reason for firing Homka, but the move came after Findlay, Ohio, and Hancock County were ordered to repay more than $250,000 in grant money due to their failure to complete environmental reviews before beginning a project, according to The Toledo Blade newspaper.

While serving as city planner for Aztec, Homka updated the town's economic development code and spearheaded projects like the planned business HUB incubator. Ed Kotyk is serving as the interim city planner. Ray said the city is still moving forward on the plans that Homka developed prior to being fired, including the business HUB.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.