Welcome to Dunwoody: Steve Foote, our new Community Development Director
Today, Dunwoody announced a new Community Development Director. As this position is outsourced through a contractor, Mr. Foote will actually be employed by Clark Patterson Lee. I sincerely hope that Mr. Foote will be around for a while. Since incorporation, this will be the fourth person to serve in this role. That covers a period of just over five years. Maybe the Council will consider following the model of our newest sister city of Brookhaven, and bring these key Director level positions in-house. I recall that we started paying about $140,000 a year for a Parks & Rec Director to another consulting company. As much as I love Brent Walker, I don't believe he is being paid a salary & benefits that total $140,000. You can run the ROI on bringing in certain positions and find cost savings by bringing them in-house.
As I'm always looking for collaboration on Walking & Biking initiatives, I did a quick Internet search and found that Mr. Foote has a bit of experience in bicycling activities. He was Vice-Chair of of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee in Tempe, Arizona. Since 2003, Tempe has been designated a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community. In 1971, Tempe was the first city in Arizona to install bike lanes; and in 1974, adopted their first Bicycle Plan. Mr. Foote is also a Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor in two states.
We look forward to Mr. Foote in joining us on our very own journey in achieving Bicycle Friendly Status, too!!
Here's some more info about Steve Foote, from today's press release and from Internet sources:
Additional Background Information:
Additional Honors & Awards
Past Vice President, Alabama Chapter APA
Section Representative, AL Chapter APA
GNRC Award - City recycling program
GNRC Award - Residential Design Standards