City Manager Announces Development Services Department Organizational Updates

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – City Manager Peter Zanoni announced leadership changes aimed at organizational improvement of the Development Services Department earlier today during the City Council meeting.  

Mr. Al Raymond will start as Development Services Director on September 16, 2019. Mr. Raymond has over 36 years of experience in the development services sector. The first part of his professional career was spent in private sector working with several architecture firms in Dallas and San Antonio, and two major hotel development organizations. Mr. Raymond joined the public sector in January 2000 and worked for several public organizations and municipalities including the City of San Antonio as the Plan Review & Inspections Manager and The Port Authority of San Antonio, former Kelly Air Force Base, as the Vice President of Architecture and Engineering. He worked on the West Coast for several years in the City of Vista, California and Tacoma, Washington and most recently the Deputy Assistant Director of the City of Houston. Mr. Raymond graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is registered Architect in Texas. 

Mr. Michael Dice will start as Assistant Director of Development Services on August 26, 2019. Mr. Dice has 13 years of local government experience with the City of San Antonio. There he spent 10 years in the Development Services Department serving in leadership capacities to include Policy Administrator, Planning Manager and Development Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is working to complete his Master of Business Administration degree by the end of the year. He leaves a team in San Antonio that has the Highest International Accreditations Services (IAS) rating in the state and has been described as a model Department by the IAS. The Department also was the first department in Texas to receive the highest building code effectiveness classification rating in residential and commercial buildings by the Insurance Services Office. 

Ms. Nina Nixon-Mendez will continue with the City Development Services Department as Assistant Director and Gene Delauro will continue in his current capacity as Building Official.  

City staff is also finalizing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a consultant to provide an organizational and service delivery strengths and weakness assessment. The consultant will review the current conditions as Development Services, provide an evaluation of future service demands, and conduct an analysis of opportunities for organizational changes and process improvements that can further enhance customer service and achieve efficiencies. A comparison of Corpus Christi operations to industry standards and best practices will also be performed.

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