Cannon Beach hires new community development director

Jeffrey Adams

Cannon Beach has a new community development director.

Jeffrey Adams, of Bryan County, Georgia, will fill the shoes of City Planner Mark Barnes, who plans to retire by the end of October after five years with the city. While the title is new, the position remains largely the same, which is to oversee development and code enforcement. He will start by Oct. 15.

Adams has about 20 years of planning experience, most recently working as planning and zoning director for Bryan County and as a community development director of St. Marys, Georgia. In these positions, he led the city’s first comprehensive planning project and served as project manager for the disaster recovery efforts through Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.

He started his career as a research assistant for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers before moving to work as a planner for Flint Hills, Kansas, and Blaine County, Idaho.

Adams holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois. He also holds a doctorate in philosophy and social theory from the University of London.

Adams was chosen out of five candidates, City Manager Bruce St. Denis said.

“We found Jeff to be bright and that he has an excellent grasp of planning principles,” St. Denis said. “He was personable, loved the town and is excited about moving here.”

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