Hester to resign from zoning position; 2 city positions vacant

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

The city’s zoning administrator position is vacant once again.

Pam Hester, who filled in after Sherry Moss resigned, is leaving in September.

“Everyone at the city has been great to me,” Hester said. “I hate to leave anybody in a bind, so I did say I would come in and work part-time.”

Hester was the Main Street manager before the position was defunded in the city’s fiscal year 2014-’15 budget.

She said she has plans to work for a local nonprofit.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to help people and to initiate change,” she said.

Hester’s departure comes after Erris Duncan resigned as the director of the planning and community development department.

The Planning and Community Development Department includes a director position and zoning administrator, which are now both vacant.

City Manager Ray Griffin said that department once employed about five staff members.

“As the budget has tightened over the years, those positions have gone away,” he said.

He said the city is receiving applications for the director of the planning and community development department and will likely begin the search for a new zoning administrator soon.

“It’s something that, since the budget season is over, we need to get started on,” he said.

Griffin said he was sad to hear of Hester’s plan to resign.

“She did a great deal to get the Downtown Development Commission on its feet,” he said.

City Councilman Gary Daeke said Hester had done a wonderful job in her capacity as Main Street manager.

“Whoever she is going to work with is very lucky to have her,” he said.

Councilwoman Brenda Peace-Jenkins said Hester will be missed.

“I hate the fact that she is resigning, but I understand why,” she said. “It is just leaving such a great void in what we are trying to do.”

Councilwoman Sara Coffey said she wishes Hester the best in her future endeavors.

“I hate to lose such a capable person, and she will be real hard to replace,” she said.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.