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County narrows community development director search

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Clayton County has three candidates vying to fill the job of Director of Community Development, one of several titles now held by Clayton County Chief of Staff Alex Cohilas.

The list of candidates has been narrowed to Kc Krzic, Clayton County Zoning Administrator; Anthony T. Carter, City of Atlanta Planning and Community Development Assistant Director; and Eric Lacefield, former City of Villa Rica Deputy City Manager of Utilities.

* Krzic, who has a master's degree in urban planning and geographic information systems from Eastern Michigan University, has served as the county's zoning administrator since 2009. For three years prior, Krzic worked as the county's planning consultant, overseeing a recent overhaul of the county's zoning guidelines, and revising the comprehensive plan for development.

Krzic is a former planner for Henry County, a manager of land-use planning services for The Collaborative Firm, LLC, in East Point, and a Conley resident.

"I live in the county, so I have a lot of pride in the county, and want to make sure everything is developed the same way," Krzic said. "Helping establish the county's comprehensive plan, we really have planned the future development and redevelopment of the county, so it would be great to continue to see it through.

"Being such an integral part of the community development for the past few years, you know what the plan and the vision are."

Krzic said, if selected to head the Community Development Department, she would work toward streamlining the permitting process for businesses, providing more access to documents and information online, and creating a system to allow businesses to apply for building and zoning permits online.

The Clayton News Daily made several attempts, by phone and through e-mails, to reach Carter and Lacefield -- the other candidates for the job -- on Thursday, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

An employee of the City of Villa Rica said Lacefield had recently left his position as deputy city manager and was no longer employed by the city.

* Lacefield has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University and a master's of business degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University, according to a county press release. From August 2008, to this year, he worked as deputy city manager for the City of Villa Rica, overseeing the activities of the Utility Department. From 2003, to 2008, Lacefield worked as the City of Villa Rica's community development director, and from 2000 to 2003, worked as a project manager for EBI Consulting.

* Carter, who has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Tuskegee University, has worked for the City of Atlanta's Planning and Community Development Department as assistant director, from April 2006, to the present, according to a Clayton County press release. Prior to that, Carter held posts as a permits supervisor for the Fulton County Environment and Community Development Department, and as a building plan reviewer for the City of Pensacola, Fla.

The successful finalist of the three -- in assuming oversight of community development -- will free Cohilas of one of his many responsibilities. In addition to serving as interim Director of Community Development, Cohilas currently is the county's permanent fire chief, as well as it's Interim Chief of Staff.

In other county business, Clayton County Public Information Officer Jamie Carlington said county officials are also in the process of interviewing candidates for a permanent police chief. She said the county has yet to narrow its choices to three candidates.

"People are being interviewed, but we don't have three candidates, yet," Carlington said.