City Manager’s Office - January 17, 2017
After serving for more than 31 years as the community development director for the city of Winston-Salem, D. Ritchie Brooks has announced his retirement effective Dec. 1, 2017.
Over the course of his career, Brooks has been instrumental in the city’s transition to a proactive approach toward neighborhood services and community development. Some of his accomplishments include Operation Paintbrush, a program that painted homes of low and moderate-income residents; creation of a Commercial Property Code and of Rooming & Boarding House Regulations; Operation Impact, a multi-department approach to housing preservation; the Neighborhood Stabilization Program that sought to arrest the decline in targeted neighborhoods; the Graffiti Removal Program; and the Section 3 Construction Training Program.
During his tenure, the department received three Department of Housing and Urban Development John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Best Practices Awards for Program Requirements, Suitable Living Environment and Decent Housing. In 2011 Brooks received the city’s Leadership Award for service excellence and this year the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem awarded Brooks its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Empowerment Award for outstanding community service.
City Manager Lee Garrity said, "Ritchie Brooks has been a tremendous asset to the organization and to the city of Winston-Salem. He will certainly be missed."
To assist in the search for Brooks' replacement, the city has retained Developmental Associates LLC to conduct a national search. Developmental Associates has extensive experience conducting executive searches throughout North Carolina and is committed to diversity both in its team and in its placements.
"Community development director is a critical position with the city," Garrity said. "After Developmental Associates conducts a national search and a screening and assessment of candidates in March and April, my goal is to have the next community development director identified by mid-June."
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