Tallahassee Appoints New Growth Management Director

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida --

Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson today, November 18, announced the appointment of Karen Jumonville as director of the City's Growth Management Department. Jumonville has served as interim director of Growth Management since August 2010, following the retirement of former director Bob Herman. Prior to her interim appointment, she served as the department's Land Use & Environmental Services Administrator. She began her career with the City of Tallahassee in 1999 as a City Planner.

The Growth Management Department is Tallahassee's land development regulatory agency. It is responsible for citywide development, environmental and concurrency review and permitting processes and also enforces City building and construction codes. In her new role, Jumonville will manage a staff of 62 in three divisions: administration, land use/environmental services and building inspection.

"I'm pleased that Karen will lead the City's efforts in the critically important areas of land use, development and building code compliance," said Thompson. "Her extensive knowledge of the City's existing policies and procedures regarding Growth Management, along with her superior work with us over the past decade, combined to make her the obvious choice for the position. I look forward to working with her and other community partners as we continue efforts to blend smart growth with our long-standing priority of environmental responsibility." Thompson noted that during a period of stagnant economic development, Jumonville's department will continue to craft new initiatives and enhance existing processes to stimulate growth throughout the city.

During her tenure, Jumonville has coordinated the City's efforts to streamline the development permitting process through aggressive use of technology. This effort helped to earn the City the designation in a University of North Carolina study of having one of the top three development review processes in the nation. Jumonville has also worked in tandem with other City agencies to implement the 'Local Economic Emergency Fast Tracking system,' resulting in expedited reviews of 59 public sector projects.

Jumonville holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration at FSU, and has also achieved the Certified Public Manager designation. In addition, Jumonville has served as an Adjunct Instructor in FSU's Urban and Regional Planning Department since 2006. Her appointment is effective Nov. 20.

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