With her election to the Maricopa City Council by voters on March 11, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Marquisha Griffin resigned her chairmanship in advance of taking her seat on the council in June.
Griffin presided over her last Planning and Zoning meeting March 24, but not without expressing both gratitude and frustration.
“I’m thankful for the professional and personal development opportunities here,” she said. “I am very grateful and honored to have served in this capacity.”
While Griffin was excited for the chance to move up to the council, she showed her disappointment that the Planning and Zoning Commission has yet to receive a formal explanation from City Manager Kevin Evans in regards to his reorganization of the Planning Department into the new Development Services Department.
Commissioner Dale Jones said the commission was working on a plaque to be presented to former Planning Director Amy Haberbosch – who was let go from the city in February as part of Evans’ reorganization – in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the city. Jones, too, echoed his frustration with the lack of communication from Evans to the commission on his plans for reorganizing the Planning Department, which is now under the guidance of Acting Development Services Director Brent Billingsley.
Griffin said she had sent word to Evans expressing the commission’s concerns, but reported she had not heard back from the city manager as of March 24.
Commission Vice Chair Richard Reeves will assume the chairmanship of the committee in April, at which point a new vice chair will be selected by the remaining committee members. It will fall to the City Council to replace Griffin’s position, which will typically include past applicants as part of the selection process.