FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2017
Contact: Don Marr
Chief of Staff
Office of the Mayor
City Welcomes New Development Services Director - Garner Stoll
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is delighted to welcome Garner Stoll as the new Development Services Director. Stoll replaces long-time employee and former director Jeremy Pate. The primary responsibility of Development Services is managing growth and development within the City while administering and enforcing the ordinances and regulations related to development in order to create a sustainable, healthy, and interconnected community with the highest quality of life. The department assists with rezoning, large and small-scale developments, subdivision of land, building permits, code compliance, and community assistance programs. Development Services consists of four divisions – City Planning, Engineering, Building Safety, and Community Resources. The City’s Animal Services Program operates within Community Resources.
Garner has extensive experience as a city planner in “Town and Gown” communities. He has managed planning programs in the university communities of Lawrence, Kan.; Lincoln, Neb.; Boulder, Colo.; Oklahoma City; and Austin, Texas. Over his 40‐year career, he played a key role in efforts to rethink the functions and procedures of planning departments and improve customer service. One of his biggest accomplishments was managing the preparation of the “Imagine Austin” – a comprehensive plan for Austin, which has received numerous state and national awards.
“I am very excited to bring to the City of Fayetteville a strong and talented new member of our team,” said Don Marr, Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s Chief of Staff. “We look forward to Garner’s extensive experience to shape the next era of our Development Services efforts and provide insight to our staff from his years of public service to these sister cities and major communities in which he has worked. His background is in perfect alignment with Mayor Jordan’s business-friendly philosophy and goals for being responsive to customers while maintaining Fayetteville’s high standards for quality development.” Marr also commented that he is very happy to have someone of Garner’s caliber to select from more than 100 applicants.
Garner expressed his excitement for the job and his interest in getting to know the development community in Fayetteville, in leading the team at the City, and creating community engagement with developers, businesses, neighborhoods, and residents.