City Manager Michael Frank announced today the hiring of Bob Brown and Anne Cronin Moore to fill two vacant city posts as interim hires. Jointly, they will assume the responsibilities of Dave Wallace, the City’s previous Community Development Director, who retired in December 2011.
Frank earlier floated the idea of replacing Wallace with two hires, saying “I think it might work best if I find two retired community development directors or city managers who have been through the planning and development pathway before.”
Both individuals named today have considerable of experience in the planning and community development field and will enable Novato to advance a number of goals and projects, according to a press release from the City of Novato.
Brown, the Interim Community Development Director, has worked in the municipal community development profession for over 33 years. Most recently, he served as the Community Development Director for the City of San Rafael. He has also served as the Community Development Director for the City of Milpitas and the Planning Chief for the City of San Mateo.
Moore, brought on as Interim General Plan Manager, has 35 years of experience as a planning professional in California, most of which she spent in Marin County. Since 1991, she has operated her own consulting firm where she served as a project manager for numerous planning projects. Moore has also managed the General Plan updates as an interim Community Development/Planning Director for the Cities of Palo Alto and St. Helena.
Currently, she is managing the General Plan update as the part‐time Interim Planning Director for the City of Larkspur.
City Manager Frank stated, “Bob and Anne share the City’s interest‐based problem solving approach to foster community involvement. The Community Development Department has a number of important projects, such as the General Plan update, and we believe that Bob and Anne are the right individuals to move these projects to completion.”