LIMA — Mayor David Berger announced Wednesday that Susan Crotty will succeed Amy Sackman Odum as the city’s Community Development Director, effective Nov. 28. Odum will retire at the end of November, a month ahead of her original retirement date of Dec. 31.
Crotty is the Industrial and Community Development Manager for the city of St. Marys. Before that, she served in a similar position with the city of Pickerington. She had also worked with the Columbus Urban Growth Corp., as well as serving as the deputy director of the Office of Workforce Development for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
“I am pleased that we have been able to attract someone with Susan’s training, background and skills,” Berger said. “She is familiar with our region of the state, and she is well-versed in many state and federal programs.”
In her new position, Crotty will be overseeing such programs as working with Community Development Block Grant funds and coordinating with the Lima and Allen County Land Banks to help with housing concerns in the city. While she said she has “big shoes to fill” with the imminent departure of her predecessor, Crotty expressed excitement for getting started in Lima.
“I was very happy to be selected for the position,” she said. “Amy’s going to be missed, but I have met with the staff, and they are great people to work with, so I’m sure it will be a smooth transition and I know Amy is there to help, as well.”
Crotty cited her experience in Columbus and the positive experience she had working toward urban revitalization.
“I have to say it was one of my favorite things I ever did,” she said. “I loved working in the neighborhoods. I think you really only get into public service if you want to make a difference in the community, and I’m anxious to do that here.”
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