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Jeff Sobotka was confirmed as Interim Director of Building, Planning, and Zoning by the Plano City Council Monday. ( photo by Ethan Kruger)

The City of Plano's property maintenance inspector will serve as interim Director of Building, Planning, and Zoning. The city council on Monday unanimously approved Jeff Sobotka for the role.

Sobotka is taking over for Tom Karpus, who passed away just weeks ago. Sobotka praised his former boss and acknowledges that he has big shoes to fill.

Sobotka is retired firefighter. He ended up working in the Plano Building Department after seeking a career change and was hired by Karpus.

Sobotka says anyone can call city hall to ask questions about building to avoid situations where things are built against city code.

Karpus had been with Plano for 19 years. Alderman Ben Eaton also spoke highly of Karpus during Monday's meeting.

Sobotka's interim post as Director of Building, Planning, and Zoning was effective with Monday's vote.