Mission and Values:
The City of Jackson Department of Planning & Development is guided by the principles of human scale development and equitable growth.
MS. CHLOE DOTSON
DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
While employing a variety of high level management, financing and planning methodologies, I engage in passionate and collaborative work with communities, governmental entities and the public/private sectors in an effort to unite, strengthen and facilitate holistic and data driven strategies for physical, social/cultural, economic, environmental and institutional improvements. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed. Oversees planning, development, site plan review, building permits, zoning, land use, historic preservation, GIS neighborhood services, community improvement and code enforcement.
MS. TANGAYIKA HOOVER
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A proud graduate of Lanier High School, Ms. Hoover earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Policy Analysis whose research centers around the effects of narrowly focused fiscal policies on statewide economies. Ms. Hoover’s background includes program and policy implementation in private and public sector business development.
MRS. CHRISTINE WELCH
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION
My undergraduate and graduate work was at "Thee I Love" Jackson State University. I have extensive experiences in Human Resources, Accounting and Transportation. For the last twenty-eight years I have been with the City of Jackson working for a third-party contractor and/or the city managing the Public Transportation System (JTRAN).
MRS. LATONYA MILLER
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CODE SERVICES
LaTonya earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Jackson State University. She earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from University of Phoenix. She is dedicated to increasing productivity through creative process analysis. Her goal is to improve the levels of expectations and respect that people have for the City of Jackson.
MS. ESTER AINSWORTH
Primary responsibilities include the supervision of the Zoning staff and management for all zoning related matters including enforcement, interpretation and modification of the City of Jackson Zoning Ordinance, Landscape Ordinance; documentation and resolution of zoning violations. Other responsibilities include the compilation of a variety of zoning related documents, review and compiling of staff reports for all zoning requests for presentation to the Planning Board, City Council, Mayor, other City departments and the general public.