The city of Dunwoody has a new community development director.

Steve Dush, who now serves as the community development and neighborhood services director for Fort Collins, Colo., will take over as the leader of Dunwoody’s Community Development Department in January, city officials said.

 

“I think Steve is a real dynamic professional in his field. He’s had great success in the places he’s gone and we were very impressed with him,” said City Manager Warren Hutmacher. “I think he provides a level of leadership for that department that will serve us well as we look at the challenges ahead.”

Dush is employed by Clark Patterson Lee, the same vendor that employs the city’s current community development director, Mike Tuller.  Dunwoody outsources the majority of its city services to private vendors.  Hutmacher said Tuller will “look at other opportunities within Clark Patterson Lee.”

Hutmacher said personnel decisions ultimately rest with the contractors, though the city is included in decisions. He said this was an organizational decision to go in a different direction.

“We’re constantly evaluating our organization and making changes where we feel necessary. This decision is a product of wanting to go in different direction with the Community Development Department,” Hutmacher said.

Next year will be a big year for the city’s Community Development Department, Hutmacher said.

“Certainly there’s a focus on economic development, redevelopment, a focus on the big project we have coming up in 2012 — rewriting the zoning code,  which will be a very difficult process,”  Hutmacher said. “We’ve built a world class GIS system and we’ve staffed up in that area through the contractor to be able to utilize those services effectively and efficiently.”

Dush has 19 years of experience working for cities and counties around the country. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska.  He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

“I am honored to be Dunwoody’s Community Development Director,” Dush said in a news release. “The ability to be part of maintaining and enhancing Dunwoody through thoughtful and collaborative planning is a great opportunity.”

–Melissa Weinman

 

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