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Posted on: January 7, 2021

County Planners Certified by American Institute of Certified Planners

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In late November 2020, Kristi Malone and Andrew Bowen passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam and are now, officially, Certified Planners. Certified Planners have at least four years of experience on the job (or have a graduate degree from an accredited Planning program and two years of experience), pledge to uphold standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills current by regularly pursuing continuing education. AICP planners are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to ethical planning practices.  

“Kristi and Andrew are committed to the highest levels of professionalism and ethics, with a dedication to serving the public,” said Planning & Building Service Director Chris Neubecker. “I am proud of their hard work and accomplishments to achieve this industry leading certification.” 

AICP planners subscribe to the Institute's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to always act with integrity and serve the public interest with compassion for the welfare of all people. The AICP recognizes that the basic and aspirational values of society can, at times, compete with one another. Certified planners know that ethical judgment often requires conscious balancing, based on the facts and context of a particular situation and on the precepts of AICP’s ethical code. Certified Planners commit to uphold that ethical code and to the goal of building better, more inclusive communities with an overall responsibility to the public. The principles AICP certified planners aspire to include the following.   

  • Conscious acknowledgment of the rights of others. 
  • Focused concern for the long-range consequences of present actions. 
  • Putting attention on the interrelatedness of decisions. 
  • Committing to provide timely, adequate, clear, and accurate information about planning issues to stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Providing people the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the development of plans and programs affecting them.
  • Seeking social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for everyone, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration, urging for the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.
  • Promoting excellence of design and endeavoring to conserve and preserve the integrity and heritage of the natural and built environment.
  • Dealing fairly with all participants in the planning process.

The AICP Code and Principles help planners negotiate the ethical and moral dilemmas they may face on the job. Certified planners have verified their academic and professional achievements, submitted essays that demonstrate their experience meets established criteria for professional planning practices, and passed a rigorous, comprehensive examination of their abilities. AICP Certification is an assurance of quality and the Planning & Building Services Department is proud of Kristi and Andrew, and pleased to add additional AICP certified planners to its ranks along with its other certified planners, Director Chris Neubecker, and Principal Long Range Planner Ryan Hostetter.

 “Both Kristi and Andrew have committed to their profession and have put in many hours of studying and preparation for this exam,” said Neubecker. “Teton County is fortunate to have such caring, skilled and dedicated staff. I look forward to their continued success as professionals serving our community and displaying the values and principals as certified planners.”  


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