John Keho is the Director of the City of West Hollywood’s Planning and Development Services Department. He oversees three divisions: Building and Safety, Current and Historic Preservation Planning, and Long Range Planning. These divisions are vital in implementing the City’s core values and providing leadership in innovative ways to address issues of livability in the city. The Planning and Development Services Department supports three Commissions: the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Transportation Commission. In addition, John holds Director’s Hearings regarding land use permits.
John has been with the City of West Hollywood for more than 20 years. He started as a planner, he was promoted to Planning Manager, and later he was promoted to Assistant Director and then Interim Director for the Department. John was named Director in 2019.
John has been a life-long planner with early involvement in public participation in high school where he volunteered with his neighborhood association on quality of life issues. He later worked in his home town planning department while he attended college. He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1994. Prior to working in West Hollywood, John was a planner in Carrollton, Texas and Plymouth, Minnesota. He moved to California when his husband entered graduate school in the UCLA Film and Television Program.