Director of Community Development
What is your main responsibility?
I am responsible for overseeing the land use codes and regulations throughout the city. This can range from annexations, rezoning of property, land development and ultimately having quality living and working spaces created for the citizens and visitors to our community. Within our department, we implement building reviews and inspections, process business licenses, GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping and assigning/managing property addressing.
How big is the team you oversee?
Our department currently consists of six members. Two building inspectors (residential and commercial), the building official, GIS manager, permit technician/administrative professional and myself.
Describe your role with the Historic Preservation Commission.
I coordinate and prepare applications for improvements on historically designated properties for our Historic Preservation Commission to review and approve. The commission meets as needed when requests are received.
When were you hired, and what is your background?
I joined the city team in May 2004, as a zoning administrator. I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental development and planning from Southern Tech (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University — now Kennesaw State University). I interned at the Atlanta Regional Commission in the land use division, entered the workforce as a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, conducting investigations for Superfund projects, then moved on to Cherokee County as a planner and development inspector. When I came to Acworth, I knew this was where I would love to be.
What has been the biggest surprise about your job?
After working with many other jurisdictions throughout the metro region, Acworth’s leadership has been consistent and supportive of its staff. Having this solid foundation has allowed the community to grow and thrive to what it is today.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to help people achieve their dreams and success is the most rewarding part of my job. Whether it is helping homebuyers navigate through the process of building their dream home, or working with an individual to open their business and provide for their family, being a part of their life story is something I will never take for granted.
What makes the Acworth community special?
Acworth is the true reflection of the term community. We have been able to grow in a way that we have all the conveniences of shopping, restaurants and work opportunities while being able to retain a small-town charm. Having cultural and recreational opportunities right in the downtown core is something rarely seen in the metro area.
What can residents expect to see from your department? Any future projects in the works that you can talk about?
We are excited to see how our downtown continues to expand as the Parkside District grows. We have many new projects that include further expansions of the park, a beer and wine tap-house, new restaurants, diverse housing opportunities we have not seen downtown yet, and so much more. We are also excited that other nearby redevelopment prospects are gaining traction as well.
What goals do you have for yourself and this department?
Our goal is always to provide the best services possible to our residents and business owners. We are always looking for ways to help you thrive and succeed in all you do. We are continuing to transition to a more accessible and technologically based platform, for convenience to our applicants. Being able to bring more opportunities to the city is what we strive for every day.
Tell us about your family and hobbies.
My husband of 15 years, Gary, is a firefighter/paramedic. Our son, Zachary (age 11), starts middle school this fall and our fur-daughter, Izzy, a mixed breed German Shepherd dingo pup from a local rescue, is the center of our lives. My hobbies include traveling, spending time with my family and crafting at home.