BUDA — The city of Buda recently promoted two staff members in the Development Services Department.
Angela Kennedy, who formerly served as city engineer and assistant director of Development Services, was appointed as director of the department and will maintain her duties as city engineer with her promotion. Will Parrish, former senior planner, is now the assistant director.
“Angela Kennedy has demonstrated time and time again a common-sense approach to solving challenges. She is able to balance complex engineering challenges with practical solutions to help projects get built. With her knowledge and love for Buda, it was easy to see that she was the right person to continue to lead the team as we work to streamline the development processes. Will Parrish is able to use his experiences from other cities with thriving downtowns and apply it to projects in Buda. The two of them make a great team and I am excited to see what all they will accomplish in executing the plans and visions for Buda.” Buda City Manager Micah Grau said.
“I look forward to leading Development Services in shaping a future for Buda where thoughtful planning contributes to a thriving, sustainable and inclusive place to live, work and play for generations to come,” Kennedy said. “As director, this will be that opportunity to make a lasting impact on the city I am passionate about.”
Kennedy, who began her tenure with the city of Buda in July 2018, brought expertise in water planning and management from her previous experience at Aqua Strategies as senior planning engineer. Kennedy also worked at the Texas Water Development Board as a regional water planner and at the Lower Colorado River Authority as an engineer. She understands municipal functions, policy making and public service well through her service as Place 1
Buda City Council member from 2013 to 2016. She earned her degree in engineering from Texas A&M University.
“Working in Buda, particularly assisting downtown businesses in bringing their plans to fruition, has been both worthwhile and rewarding,” said Parrish, who is also Buda’s resident expert on Historic District standards. “This new role will allow me to apply my experience in other ways to benefit the city.”
Parrish brings a strong background in community planning and sustainable development from his work with other municipalities. Before joining the city of Buda, Parrish held planning roles with the cities of Georgetown and San Marcos. He earned his degree in urban and regional planning from Texas State University.