Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear has announced three major moves that will impact City Hall and two departments. Steve Huntley, the city’s planning director, will be retiring on March 31. Huntley has worked in the city’s Planning Dept. for almost 32 years. He has served as the planning director since 1980 and worked for five different Noblesville mayors during his career.
Some of Huntley’s many accomplishments during his time with the City of Noblesville have been: serving as project manager for the expansion and renovation of the Public Safety Building (completed in 1992); applying for and receiving the city’s first Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of more than $1 million to buy homes in the flood hazard area of the Southwest Quadrant; helping to develop and plan Noblesville’s Corporate Campus; and establishing the road impact fee program in Noblesville.
During Huntley’s time with the city, he has received such awards as the Ivan H. Brinegar Municipal Management Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and was twice selected by the Noblesville Common Council as the recipient of their annual Stake in the Ground award.
“Steve has had a tremendous role in shaping the successful growth of Noblesville over the past 30 years. While he will be greatly missed along with his unmatched experience and knowledge, we wish him nothing but the best on his well-deserved retirement,” Ditslear said.
In the wake of Huntley’s announcement, Ditslear has appointed Christy Langley to take over as planning director, and Judi Johnson to take over as economic development director. Both are currently serving as assistant economic development directors – Langley for the past five years and Johnson for three and a half years.
Langley earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Regional Planning from Ball State University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. In November, she successfully completed her certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communications from Purdue University. She is a graduate of Ball State University’s “Building Better Communities” course, the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
By Robert Herrington
Robert is the managing editor of Current in Noblesville.