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Walker to head community development for city

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named Lehman O. Walker director of community development for the city.

Since 1998 Walker has been director of community development for University City, Mo., a St. Louis suburb of about 36,000 people located northwest of the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named Lehman O. Walker director of community development for the city.

Since 1998 Walker has been director of community development for University City, Mo., a St. Louis suburb of about 36,000 people located northwest of the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Previously he was general manager of planning and development for Surrey, British Columbia, for six years and director of planning and community services for Regina, Saskatchewan, for four years.

Walker starts work in Evanston Dec. 7.

Walker received a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from California State University, Fresno, as well as a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

“Mr. Walker brings to Evanston a wealth of community development and economic development experience,” Bobkiewicz said in a statement. His work for University City "has exposed him to many of the same challenges faced by Evanston. University City is similarly a diverse community with a large college student/faculty presence due to its proximity to Washington University in St. Louis.”

“I look forward to Mr. Walker assisting Evanston in moving forward in the critical areas of economic development, community planning, affordable housing and code enforcement,” Bobkiewicz added.

Walker succeeds James Wolinsky, who retired as community development director last year. Planning Director Dennis Marino has served as interim community development director since then.

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