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City names acting director of Neighborhood and Community Services Department

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen has named David Park as acting director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, effective June 5. Park was appointed following the retirement of Lester Washington, a 24-year City employee who served as director of the department for the last seven years.

As acting director, Park’s first priority will be to get a new process for mowing weeds and cleaning trash found on vacant properties fully operational this summer. An aggressive campaign to demolish dangerous buildings also is a top priority.

“Having clean communities, free of overgrown grass and weeds, trash and dangerous vacant buildings helps prevent crime and arson, and is a crucial element of neighborhood revitalization,” Park said.

Along with the appointment of Park, the City has announced the following roles within the department:

- Mike Schumacher will oversee neighborhood preservation, animal health and public safety, nuisance abatement, incarceration and inmate transport, rental property registration and tow services

- Deletta Dean will oversee dangerous buildings and vacant buildings, vacant building registration, administrative support, grants financial management, the neighborhood tourist development fund and neighborhood services

- Jackie Powell will continue to run the public services delivered at the Robert J. Mohart Multi-purpose Center

- Gary Majors will continue to supervise the Regulated Industries Division

The restructuring of management assignments is the result of elimination of management positions to increase efficiency and to focus resources on delivery of services.

For more information, contact Linda Johnson, Neighborhood and Community Services Department at (816) 513-3219.

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