December 15, 2017
Cheryl Maxwell, currently the Planning Program Manager/KTMPO Director for the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG), has been named Director of Planning by City Manager Sam A. Listi. Mrs. Maxwell is AICP Certified as a Professional Planner, has 18 years’ experience with the CTCOG, and worked for over 6 years as Planner with the City of Temple. This selection follows the departure of Erin Smith, who served as Director of Planning for almost six years, and who was recently selected as Assistant Director of Planning in Round Rock.
Mrs. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from Texas A&M University, and has completed 20 hours towards her Masters Degree in Applied Geography from Texas State University. In her City of Temple experience, she served as Development Review Coordinator and Senior Planner conducting comprehensive plan updates, developing land use studies, working with property owners and developers on zone changes and subdivision plats, as well as with the Planning & Zoning Commission, City Council, and other City Boards.
For the past 18 years, Ms. Maxwell has held a variety of roles at the CTCOG, including:
• Regional Planner for the Clearwater Underground Water District
• Senior Planner/Planning Team Leader
• Planning Services Director/KTMPO Director
• Planning Program Manager/KTMPO Director
Ms. Maxwell stated, “I am so excited to have this opportunity to join Belton’s planning team. Belton has been my home for over 24 years. Belton has it all….small town feel and character with a strong and growing economic base, great schools, transportation options, beautiful parks, and water resources. The quality of life here is amazing! I look forward to working with the community and local leaders to promote their vision of Belton as the ‘Community of Choice in Central Texas, providing an Exceptional Quality of Life.’ There’s no place I’d rather be.”
Belton City Manager Sam A. Listi said, “Cheryl brings extensive local and regional experience to her new position as Director of Planning in Belton, will lead a Department responsible for current/long range planning, permitting, inspections, and GIS, and we look forward to her joining our team.” Her start date will be January 8, 2018.