PORTLAND — The city of Portland’s economic development director will serve as its acting director of planning and urban development.

Greg Mitchell was appointed today by the city manager to replace Penny St. Louis, who is leaving her post at the end of the week.

City Manager Mark Rees said he will lead the search to find for a permanent replacement for St. Louis over the coming months.

In the meantime, Mitchell will serve the city in dual roles. 

Mitchell came to Portland three years ago. He has led the effort to recruit new businesses to the city that have included Renys and Trader Joe’s.