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Norcross fills community development director post

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jennifer Peterson said she's happy to have discovered Norcross.

After working for four years in the city of Roswell's planning and zoning department - most recently as its interim director - Peterson will join Norcross as its community development director at the end of this month.

Warren Hutmacher, Norcross' city administrator, said with the town's revitalization efforts and aging corridors, Peterson will have her work cut out for her.

"She's seen a lot of the same types of issues we'll deal with here," Hutmacher said. "She's really the right person for the job."

On Friday, Peterson seemed excited about the prospects in Norcross. She said she will be inheriting big shoes to fill and will have a lot of catching up to do on the city's institutional memory - former director Johnny Lawler, who spent 31 years in the planning department, retired in January, and former city attorney Peter Boyce left in November.

But the California native and Sonoma State University graduate said she wants to help Norcross control its own destiny as it explores annexation and revitalization options.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity," she said. "It's the ideal situation. There's a small-town feel and a cute little downtown, but it's in the metro region."