Mayor Lake read the proclamation declaring October as Community Development Month.
City Manager Leavengood stated that the proclamation was timely since Community Development is such a critical component to the City services, which is not always seen. Other services such as streets, water, and emergency services are visible to the public. Community Development is essential in the quality of the community. Valerie came to the City of Lake Alfred, after attending the Mayors Youth Council, in 1999. She started her career with the City as a part-time temporary file clerk and worked her way through the following positions including Administrative Clerk, Acting Assistant City Clerk, Deputy City Clerk, City Clerk, City Clerk and Assistant to the City Manager, and now in her current position as Community Development Director. Valerie is a key part of the City’s Management Team and part of many high profile projects in the community including the Downtown Master Plan, establishment of the Community Redevelopment Agency, and recent downtown wayfinding program. Valerie brings a high level of professionalism to the City improving the processes and outcomes within her department and adding value to the organization as a whole. Her staff and the community have benefited from her leadership and commitment to public service for these past fifteen years. Congratulations
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