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County hires new planning and development director
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Jason Streetman

The county planning commission announced last week that Jason Streetman will serve as the county's new planning and development director.

Streetman began working in his new capacity on Aug. 12.

Streetman, 44, has worked more than 15 years in both public and private planning sectors. He has worked mostly in county government positions, but was also a private consultant for a number of years.

A Columbus native, Streetman has lived in the area since 2000 and worked at the Habersham and Hall County planning departments.

Most recently, Streetman worked as a city planner in Seneca, S.C., and left after two years to find a job back in Georgia.

"I know this county, and I welcomed the opportunity to get back into Georgia county government," Streetman said. "I'm blessed with this opportunity."

Streetman holds a bachelor's degree in sociology with an emphasis in socio-economics and demographics, as well as a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in planning, economic development and local government management. He is also certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Streetman is the father of 7-year-old triplets: Maggie, Abby and Cooper and is husband to Jessica.

He has taken the place of David McKee, director of public works, who has served as interim planning and development director since the previous director, Rachel Burton, resigned at the end of July.

Chairman Jason Hamby presented the new director at the planning commission's Sept. 20 regular meeting.

The director of planning and development is responsible for inspections, code enforcement, zoning and permits, and business and alcohol licensing.