City Manager News

City Manager Lee Garrity today announced the appointment of Mellin L. Parker as director of housing and neighborhood development for the city. Parker, 45, will assume her new role Jan. 2, 2007. She succeeds Monica Lett, who is retiring.

Parker is currently the senior housing development manager for Fulton County, Ga., where she also served as community development manager. In addition, Parker served as housing and development director for the city of Danville, Va. Altogether, Parker has nearly 23 years of housing and community development experience. She is a 1983 graduate of Winston-Salem State University and has completed related educational programs from the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, College Park. Parker has been active in each of the communities that she has served.

As housing/neighborhood development director, Parker will be responsible for managing a number of housing and neighborhood development programs.

Garrity said, "The selection of a new housing and neighborhood development director could not have worked out better. Mellin was selected from more than 150 applicants nationally and is a very capable person to lead this program. Having been here as a student, this is a great opportunity for her to come back to a community that she truly loved. I believe that she can hit the ground running, and we look forward to great things from her."

Parker’s salary will be $85,500 annually.

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