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Architect will leave City Hall for the private sector

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

An architect who works in the Park City Planning Department will leave City Hall in July after a four-year stay within the municipal ranks.

Kayla Sintz will return to the private sector. Her departure was publicized recently at a Park City Planning Commission meeting. She is a planner and the only licensed architect on the municipal staff. Her last day at City Hall is July 13.

Sintz joined City Hall in mid-2008 amid a contentious round of discussions about Park City’s strict building guidelines in Old Town. Sintz since then assisted as the talks continued about Old Town, including as building design guidelines in the neighborhood were rewritten.

She was also the planner assigned to the renovation of the Racquet Club into the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center and coordinated some of City Hall’s efforts with Sundance Film Festival organizers.

She was a private-sector architect prior to her hiring by the municipal government. She worked in the Park City area before she started at City Hall, including as the project manager for an architectural firm involved in the design of the Sky Lodge.

Sintz is departing City Hall to work for an architectural firm led by Jack Thomas, a member of the Park City Planning Commission. She said the new job offers a "full-time creative atmosphere," but she is pleased that she worked for a government institution.

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"I think the public sector has given me an amazing understanding of all aspects of a city government. You have more of a holistic view," she said.

Sintz does not anticipate the firm will assign her to work on projects in Old Town.

Park City Manager Tom Bakaly praised her work. He said City Hall will conduct a recruitment to replace Sintz on the Planning Department staff. Bakaly said it will not be a requirement that the person hired be an architect. It will be critical, though, that the new hire has a background in historic preservation, a priority of City Hall.

Bakaly said he would like someone hired by the end of August. City Hall posted the opening on its website on Monday.