Kathryn Meyer, New Albany's deputy community development director, will step down effective Nov. 2.

Kathryn Meyer, New Albany's deputy community development director, will step down effective Nov. 2.

"I have three very active and curious boys ages 5 and under who deserve my time and attention right now," Meyer said. "I am sad to leave this amazing community but excited about this new chapter in my life."

"We are happy that Kathryn has this opportunity to spend more time with her young family, but so very sad to see her go," said Jennifer Chrysler, the city's community development director. "She has been instrumental in creating and maintaining an efficient and effective community development department for the city of New Albany.

"We experienced tremendous growth over the past seven years -- her leadership and attention to detail enabled us to provide exceptional customer service to our residential and corporate citizens."

Meyer's position will be filled in the interim by Adrienne Joly, the city's project manager.

"Adrienne has extensive background in planning and development, with particular emphasis on development services. She is well versed in strategic planning practices and will be more than capable of assuming the responsibility for this and other planning projects that are in the works," Chrysler said. "We have a very strong team that will ensure the great practices and service that Kathryn shepherded stays consistent during this time of transition."

Meyer worked with MSI planners as a consultant to the city before she was hired as development director in 2005.

"One of our goals when I was hired in 2005 was to create a multidisciplinary approach to community development in order to provide exceptional customer service," she said. "I think our track record since 2009 shows that we have more than accomplished that goal."

Meyer said during her tenure with the city, she helped create a development team and engaged them in projects.

She also began the update of the city's strategic plan, which is expected to be completed in 2013.

"Our team of staff members and consultants had the fun and challenging task of creating the road map for the strategic plan (including the thoroughfare component), which is the primary planning project for 2012 and 2013," she said. "It was particularly gratifying to read the many comments from survey participants, steering committee members and focus groups -- the overwhelming consensus is that New Albany is a very special community.

"It brings a smile to my face knowing that I played a role in creating that community."

Meyer was earning $107,132: $88,764 in wages and $18,368 for health, dental and vision benefits.