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The City of Glendale is pleased to officially announce that Tabitha Perry will serve as the City’s Planning Officer. Perry has worked for Glendale for two decades and has spent the last ten months as acting planning administrator. As Planning Manager, Perry will organize and direct the activities and staff within Glendale’s Planning Division.
“Tabitha has done an outstanding job acting in this role during one of the busiest permitting and land use periods in the city’s history,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “As Glendale continues to experience exciting and unprecedented growth, she plays an important role in our winning team by earning the trust of our clients and moving projects forward in a timely manner.”
The City’s Planning Division provides a host of services related to long-range and current planning. It administers the master plan and zoning ordinance for new development and redevelopment projects. Planning assists the community in the development and permit review process, carries out plans in strategic locations, and provides professional information to the City Manager, elected officials and the public to support quality growth in Glendale.
“Glendale is constantly changing and it’s invigorating to come to work knowing that something exciting can happen to us every day,” said planning manager Tabitha Perry. “I’m excited to work on new challenges, like helping develop infill properties and helping find solutions to solve the affordable housing crisis.”
While at Glendale, Perry held a variety of roles. When she began working with the city in 2001, Perry served as an associate planner for more than six years. From there, she rose to Senior Town Planner, before being promoted a year later to Senior Town Planner; role she held for more than three years.
After only a month on the job, she was promoted to assistant director of planning and was also selected for a special assignment, which she held for eight months alongside the office of economic development. Perry had served as the city’s director of special projects since December 2017, before being named acting planning administrator last June.
Perry holds a master’s degree in administration from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. She began her new role as head of planning on May 7.