Fayetteville hires Garner Stoll as new development services director

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City officials on Thursday announced the hiring of Garner Stoll as the new development services director.

He replaces Jeremy Pate, who left in March to take a position at the Walton Family Foundation after 14 years with the city.

As director of the department, Stoll will oversee growth management and development processes in Fayetteville, as well as administering and enforcing the city’s ordinances and regulations.

The department assists with rezoning, large- and small-scale developments, subdivision of land, building permits, code compliance, and community assistance programs. Divisions include city planning, engineering, building safety, and community resources, which oversees the animal services program.

Don Marr, the mayor’s chief of staff, said Stoll’s extensive experience as a city planner in “Town and Gown” communities are what sets him apart.

Stoll’s 40-year career includes management of planning programs in Boulder, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Austin, Texas where he oversaw the preparation of “Imagine Austin,” a comprehensive city plan that won the Sustainable Plan Award from the American Planning Association.

“I am very excited to bring to the city of Fayetteville a strong and talented new member of our team,” said Marr. “We look forward to Garner’s extensive experience to shape the next era of our development services efforts and provide insight to our staff from his years of public service to these sister cities and major communities in which he has worked. His background is in perfect alignment with Mayor Jordan’s business-friendly philosophy and goals for being responsive to customers while maintaining Fayetteville’s high standards for quality development.”

Marr said Stoll was selected from a list of over 100 applicants seeking the job.