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Newton hires new planning director

Newton hires new planning director: Randy Williams brings 30 years of knowledge, experience to city’s staff

NEWTON, N.C. – When a city has good bones, the possibilities are endless, and Newton’s new planning director sees great bones throughout the city of Newton.

Randy Williams joined Newton as planning director Feb. 25. He came to Newton from Lincoln County, where he was principal planner since 2007.

Williams said it’s easy to see the potential for development in Downtown Newton and beyond.

“The thing about Newton is that it’s got great bones,” he said. “The downtown core, the surrounding neighborhoods, the network of streets—it’s been around for a long time and the possibilities for the area are very, very good.”

Williams was the director of planning and economic development for the city of Conover from 1991 to 2004. He worked from 2004 to 2007 as a senior planner for Woolpert LLP in Charlotte.

Williams brings to Newton a wealth of public and private sector contacts he developed over the course of three decades working as a professional planner. During his first few weeks at the helm of Newton’s planning department, Williams said he will spend some time getting reacquainted with the city.

“I definitely want to meet everybody and get to know people in the community again,” he said. “I’ve been in this profession for 30 years. Planning is what I want to do.”

City Manager Todd Clark said he looked forward to Williams joining Newton’s staff as head of the Planning Department.

“Newton is fortunate to have someone on staff as knowledgeable about city planning as Randy,” Clark said.

Williams and his family live in Catawba County. His wife, Dana, works in human resources at Dalco Nonwovens. His daughter, Ellen, is in sixth grade at Newton-Conover Middle School.