Last week the city of Dawsonville welcomed its newest employee, Planning and Zoning Director Casey Majewski.
Majewski, 34, was hired after a request from City Manager Bob Bolz for the position.
"The census starts in July so that's an added workload," said Bolz at a February work session.
"Right now we really just need help in planning and zoning overall. We just can't keep up with it all, it's more and more all the time. We're not serving the citizens like we need to be and we're not handling the growth like we need to be."
The position is funded by LOST proceeds.
Majewski is from Baltimore, Md., and received a degree in environmental engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Before coming to Dawsonville, her work included water resources and remediation work.
She worked for a company called MWH, where she focused her energies on hazardous waste cleanup.
Majewski moved with the same company to Florida, where she worked on one of the largest water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the United States at the time, in the city of Cape Coral. She designed water utility lines, which included sewer, stormwater and irrigation.
She also performed construction management with MWH for injection wells.
Majewski said she came up to northern Georgia because her husband's family lives here, and they wanted to be close to them.
Previous work with the city led her to apply immediately when she saw the job was open.
"It's staff was just very friendly, they were very knowledgeable, and they were really welcoming," Majewski said. "It was a compilation of those things that drew me to them."
Majewski and her husband, Jean, live in Cherokee County.
She has five kids: Safyrah, 18, Alexandro, 17, Kendrick, 16, Kenneth, 14, and Kenley, 11.
"The biggest thing that we do is serve the people of Dawsonville," Majewski said. "It's the main reason that we're here and I look forward to doing that in whatever capacity I can for the city."
Another change in the planning and zoning department, Nalita Copeland, the city permit technician for the past six years, was recently promoted to zoning administrator.
The zoning department is responsible for reviewing plans for new construction, extensions on buildings, zoning variance requests, business licenses, event licenses, alcohol licenses, animal control and code enforcement.
Also promoted were Justin Stewart of the public works department and Blake Croft of the water and sewer department.
Additionally, Weston Lee was hired to work in the water and sewer department.