Civic Solutions StaffSenior Consultant Team

Our team of senior professional urban planning consultants have extensive experience in public agency land use planning and serve as a resource for clients and staff.

  • James E. Pechous

    Principal Planner

    Jim Pechous is a planning professional with a career spanning over 30 years in local city planning and development.  He has extensive experience and technical depth in urban planning and has managed numerous high-profile and multi-faceted projects.  He commands a strong public presentation...


  • Tamara Campbell

    Contract Planning Services Manager

    Tamara Campbell brings over 25 years of experience in municipal urban planning.  She is currently serving as Principal Planner under the firm’s Jurupa Valley contract to provide all in-house planning services, where she is in charge of Advance Planning for the Planning Department.  Ms....


  • Kirt A. Coury

    Municipal Planning Services Manager

    Kirt Coury is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  As Planning Services Manager, he works with Southern California municipalities to provide professional planning assistance to help meet agency...


  • Jean E. Ward, AICP

    Community Planning Services Manager

    Jean Ward has over twenty years of experience as a planner and project manager, and has worked on a diversity of long range and current planning projects for public and private sector clients. Her strength lies in managing complex projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Jean’s project experience...


  • Mary P. Wright

    Vice President, Director of Planning Services

    Mary Wright is the firm’s Vice President and has 30 years of planning and environmental experience.  In this capacity, Ms. Wright works with public agencies to provide a full range of urban planning and municipal staffing services.  She is responsible for managing contracts and projects,...


  • George Buell

    Senior Vice President

    George Buell is the firm’s Senior Vice President and has over twenty-five years of experience, including executive oversight, operational administration, and project management. Mr. Buell oversees company operations and works with the firm’s executive management team to develop and...


  • Thomas G. Merrell


    Tom Merrell, CSI President and founder, completed twenty-eight years of public service when he retired from the City of San Juan Capistrano in 1991 to establish a private consulting practice. During his fifteen years as the city’s Director of Community Planning and Development, Tom developed...