(Above Photo: Courtesy of City)
Khara Dodds has joined the city staff as the new planning director, replacing Roger O’Brien. O’Brien was terminated in August on the heels of a comprehensive review that the city performed of his department. City officials have not said what specifically led to the termination (though he has not always been in the news for positive reasons).
Dodds, who most recently served as director of planning and economic development for the town of Plymouth, Conn., began work with the city on Aug. 22, according to the mayor’s office.
“As the head of the land use department, she managed planning, zoning, economic and community development initiatives for the town,” city officials wrote in a prepared statement, referring to her work in Plymouth.
Prior to that, Dodds worked as a principal planner for the Burlington County Economic Development and Regional Planning Department in New Jersey and as a regional planner for the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers.
“For the past three years, Khara has served on the executive committee for the Connecticut chapter of the American Planning Association and currently serves as committee secretary,” officials wrote in a press release. “Khara Dodds is a resident of the city of Hartford where she lives with her husband, J. Evans Dodds and daughter, Angelique.”