The city’s Community Development and Planning director will transition to his new role as a deputy city manager later this month.
Arlington announced Wednesday that Jim Parajon,, 51, will oversee the Municipal Airport, Community Development and Planning, Water Utilities and Public Works departments and the Economic Development Office starting Jan. 19. Don Jakeway, the former deputy city manager over economic development and capital investment, retired last month after two years in that role.
"Jim has been a tremendous asset to the City of Arlington and it’s a privilege to have a person of his caliber serving in such an important position," City Manager Trey Yelverton said in a news release.
Parajon, who has worked for the city since 2006, was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners last year.
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"I’m incredibly honored to serve in this new capacity in the City of Arlington," Parajon said in a news release. "I look forward to working with the City Council and management to make Arlington an even better place."
Parajon’s salary will be $175,000.
Bridgett White, who has worked for the city about 12 years, will serve as Community Development and Planning interim director. She is currently serves as the department’s assistant director and she is also a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. — Susan Schrock