ALPHARETTA, GA. - Following a nation-wide search, the City of Alpharetta has selected Richard McLeod, the current Community Development Director for the nearby city of Woodstock, to lead its community development program. He will assume his duties with Alpharetta beginning November 5.
“We received resumes from more than 90 qualified candidates from around the country,” stated Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “Mr. McLeod stood out among them as being not only technically qualified but as a creative professional that could help Council identify opportunities for shaping Alpharetta’s future.”
In his previous post McLeod helped to reshape Woodstock’s downtown into a thriving destination that has attracted over one hundred million dollars in private investment. He also spearheaded the development of a comprehensive trail and green space plan, called Greenprints, which won two awards from the Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Georgia Planning Association.
According to Alpharetta officials, McLeod’s track record proves that he works hard to pursue a vision set by elected leaders and knows how to collaborate with the private sector in doing so.
Alpharetta also announced today the promotion of Kathi Cook, a 12-year veteran of its Community Development Department, to the position of Deputy Director. In the newly created role Cook will continue to coordinate the activities of the city’s planning commission but will have more responsibility with respect to day-to-day operations of the department and negotiating with private developers.
“Kathi has been a valuable asset for a number of years, and she has greatly impressed Council with her leadership and professionalism in the absence of a full-time director in Community Development,” said Belle Isle. “We are confident that elevating Kathi’s role in the department will help to raise the bar in terms of customer service and overall operations.”
Until McLeod’s arrival in November, Cook will serve as the department’s interim director.