New director to head Neighborhood Services Department

first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin Linkedin Kyla Wilcher Twitter + posts ReddIt Kyla Wilcher Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Mayor’s Halloween bike event combines fitness and fun Kyla Wilcher ReddIt Kyla Wilcher Fort Worth’s Heritage Tree Program adds two more Facebook Twitter Facebook printAubrey Thagard is slated as the inaugural director of Fort Worth’s new Neighborhood Services Department.Thagard was previously a principal for Marlboro Policy Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in public policy and economic development in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has also served in Washington, D.C. in the Government Office of Planning.Thagard said his selection process was intensive and purposeful. It consisted of multiple interviews with panels of employees from various city departments.The new department is a combination of several distinct entities like housing, public development and economics.Allison Gray, the current acting director, emphasized the significance of these entities.“It was really important that these functions existed separately, so it’s important to bring them together to create synergy. After all, we were working with the same customers and clients,” Gray said.The new department aims to provide affordable housing and support several local community centers, which provide services like career training, emergency repairs to homes and rent assistance.The Neighborhood Services Department will also work with seven locations in Tarrant County to provide nutritional, athletic and after-school programs for local youth.Thagard said providing support to “challenged” Fort Worth residents is a major responsibility of both the department and the director.“Fort Worth is a growing community,” Thagard said. “An important measure to take in this community is to use as much of the available resources to keep the community healthy and safe.”Thagard predicts his biggest challenge as director will be fostering a corporate culture in the unfamiliar environment.He is expected to begin work as director on Nov. 30. Parade of Lights brings early Christmas cheer Kyla Wilcher Fort Worth’s Heritage Tree Program adds two more Previous articleCellar makes its last callNext articleArlington Martin drops Paschal, Miracle sees beyond box score Kyla Wilcher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

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