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Woodstock Hires New Community Development Director

Jessica J. Guinn will start her new position with the city on Feb. 11.

A new face will soon join Woodstock city staff.

The city has hired Jessica J. Guinn to become its new community development director, a position that has been vacant for a little over two months.

Guinn will start her new position on Feb. 11. She replaces former Community Development Director Richard McLeod, who accepted a similar position in November with the city of Alpharetta. 

Guinn was chosen from a field of 55 applicants for the position. 

"We are certainly excited to have Jessica coming on board with Woodstock," said City Manager Jeff Moon. "Her experience in both the public and private sectors has given her the valuable opportunity to be involved with multiple jurisdictions across the metro Atlanta area." 

Guinn is currently vice president for The Collaborative Firm, LLC, where she has been employed since 2007.

The company offers clients expertise in urban planning, program management, engineering support and architectural services.

Before going into the private sector, Guinn was a planner with Henry County

Guinn has received the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) designation from the American Planning Association.

AICP certifies professionals in the United States in the field of urban and regional planning and assists planners in the areas of ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. 

Guinn was named to the list of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2010.

Guinn has a master of public administration degree and a bachelor of science degree in political science from Kennesaw State University.

A native of Cobb County, Guinn graduated from McEachern High School. 

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