Brian Craig joined the city of Avondale last week as the planning manager in the Development and Engineering Services Department.
Craig fills the role vacated by former Planning Manager Jodie Novak, who was recently promoted to Development and Engineering Services assistant director.
Prior to joining Avondale, Craig was Community Development director for the city of Sheridan, Wyoming. He also previously worked for the city of Papillion, Nebraska, serving as senior city planner before becoming the city’s chief building official.
He has led teams over the past several years overseeing zoning entitlements, platting, annexations, GIS, community projects, permitting, plan review, inspections, code enforcement, and design, as well as managed public hearing boards and committees.
“Brian brings great depth of experience to this position,” said Novak. “He will provide the necessary guidance to each planner, whose role it is to ensure the successful development of projects in Avondale.”
Craig graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.