Beatty stepping down as planning director

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 08:39 AM

After 16 years with the City of Lenoir, Chuck Beatty is stepping down.
Lenoir City Manager Lane Bailey announced Friday that Beatty, who serves as the city’s planning director, has accepted a similar position in Jackson, Calif.
“He has family there and wanted to move to that area,” Bailey said. “We appreciate the service that Chuck Beatty has given to the citizens of Lenoir over the years and wish him every success in his new endeavors.”
Beatty has been with the City of Lenoir since July of 1996 when he took the position of planning director. He came to Lenoir after working with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
“I’ve enjoyed the 16 years of support from Lenoir’s citizens and leadership that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally,” Beatty said. “I wish everyone the best.”
As the city’s planning director, Beatty’s primary responsibilities included planning, stormwater regulation and code enforcement among other duties.
Bailey said it would difficult to replace the years of experience Beatty had in his role with the city.
“You hate to see that kind of experience go; he had a long career here,” Bailey said. “But we have a very capable staff, and they certainly will be able to handle things during the interim.”
Bailey indicated that he and Assistant City Manager Danny Gilbert have talked and will be seeking Beatty’s replacement as soon as possible.
“We’ll begin the process of looking for a new director immediately,” he said.
The city will try to have the position publicized by the end of the year, though Bailey said it may be difficult to recruit potential replacements durig the holiday period.
Beatty’s last day with the city will be Dec. 17.