Annapolis planning chief resigns for West Coast job She leaves after 14 years

deputy to succeed her

July 10, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

After almost 14 years of service, the director of the Annapolis planning and zoning department resigned yesterday to take a similar position with a larger department and budget on the West Coast.

Eileen P. Fogarty will begin her new job on Sept. 15 as director of Planning and Community Development for the city of Santa Cruz, Calif. She will be responsible for planning and zoning issues as well as housing and building permits.

Although her department has won several state, national and international awards during her tenure, Fogarty said yesterday that "it was time to move on."

"This has been my whole life," said Fogarty, who arrived in Annapolis after working in Virginia Beach, Va., and San Diego. "It was a very hard decision to leave. I'm also, at the same time, excited about going to Santa Cruz because I will be working with similar issues that Annapolis deals with now like tourism, the HTC maritime industry and development."

Fogarty was credited for creating the first comprehensive plan for the city, which helped business and civic groups work together to make the downtown area an economic force. She also pushed hard for investment and development along West Street, Main Street and the City Dock.

She was credited for developing a maritime economic strategy that has boomed over the recent years in Annapolis.

Recently, her department's work on the ailing Inner West Street corridor led to the city's commitment of $3.5 million to revitalize the area.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins praised Fogarty yesterday for her commitment to the preservation efforts while pushing for growth and development.

"Ms. Fogarty is a very dedicated professional who has been sincerely committed to serving the people of Annapolis for the last 13 years," Hopkins said. "We will all miss her energy and enthusiasm."

She will be replaced by Jon Arason, the deputy planning director.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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