I just got back from an interview at a small town in the Portland region for an Associate Planner position doing mainly development review and some Main Street work.
They had me do about 45 minutes of written exercises - a pre-app review, a mock letter, and a prioritization exercise with about 30 different emails from various people and how I would address and prioritize them.
I have been working for five years at a planning consulting firm and have not gotten down to the nuts and bolts of current planning on the job. In addition, I just graduated from PSU with the MURP degree, where we don't get much practical experience with current planning.
My question is: how do I get experience in the public sector doing development review aside from going back to square one? Are there books I can read, or other resources? How do other people break into that role?