City names development services director
April 3, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.
Updated April 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
The city of Victoria promoted Jared Mayfield, a 16-year employee, to lead the development services department.
Mayfield assumes the director role previously held by John Kaminski, who was named assistant city manager on March 17.
Prior to his promotion, Mayfield was the city's deputy director of development services.
City Manager Charmelle Garrett said Mayfield is a strategic thinker who has worked in every phase of the city's planning and development services department, from helping create the city's historical preservation ordinance, managing code enforcement officers and development services desk, and managing numerous development projects for the city.
He "is passionate about how smart growth fits into the big picture for the city," Garrett said in a news release.
Mayfield said he is eager to be a part of the city's management team.
"I've been doing this for 16 years, this is what I've been working toward," Mayfield said. "It's exciting that this moment is here now."
He said his most proud projects were getting the city's first comprehensive plan drafted and adopted. The first plan was completed in November 2001 and updated in November 2009.
"Getting to be involved in both of those was really great," Mayfield said.
Mayfield is an American Institute of Certified Planners certified planner with more than 16 years of professional experience, according to a news release from the city. He began his career with the city in 1996 as a planner II, and was promoted to various positions in the department until he was named deputy director of development services in 2010. He also worked in planning departments in Galveston and Abilene.