Woodstock's City Planner Brian Stockton will soon transition into a new role.
Stockton has accepted the position of Woodstock's economic development director and will begin work in his new role on Wednesday March 6, City Manager Jeff Moon said.
Stockton has served as Woodstock's city planner since May 2006.
Before that, he served in internships with the city of Marietta's Development Services Department and the Cobb County Department of Transportation.
Moon said he's watched Stockton work on a number of economic development projects in the city, such as the Reformation Brewery and he feels "very comfortable with him in the economic development director role."
"He certainly has the desire and background with downtown Woodstock to succeed in the position," he added.
Stockton has a Master of City and Regional Planning (Urban Design Specialization) degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Kennesaw State University.
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques also praised the selection of Stockton as the economic development director.
“Brian has played a key role in the development of downtown Woodstock," he said. "From his involvement in the Downtown Master Plan, LCI (Livable Centers Initiative) Plan, Greenprints plan, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and the newly adopted signage plan, Brian already has the knowledge to hit the ground running in his new position."
In the new role, Stockton will also serve as the executive director of the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority and the manager of the Main Street Woodstock program.
Stockton replaces Billy Peppers, who accepted a position to serve as the special assistant to the Commissioner for Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.