Plan­ning di­rec­tor heads to Colorado

Af­ter two years in the job, Peter Wysocki said leav­ing Texas was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ben­jam­inwer­mund bw­er­mund@states­

ROUND ROCK — Peter Wysocki, who served as Round Rock’s plan­ning and devel­op­ment di­rec­tor for a lit­tle more than two years, is leav­ing his post to take a sim­i­lar job in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Wysocki says he hopes to es­cape the heat.

Wysocki, who de­scribed the de­ci­sion to leave Round Rock was “one of the hard­est pro­fes­sional de­ci­sions” he’s had to make, said he spent about 18 years in Ne­vada and Wy­oming with his wife, who grew up in Ne­vada.

“We en­joy the wide open spa­ces of the west,” Wysocki said. “This is very dif­fi­cult, but a cou­ple of hot sum­mers, and it just made us re­al­ize how much we miss the four sea­sons.”

Wysocki, his wife and their 5- and 7-year-old boys will head to Colorado Springs for Wysocki to start his new job Dec. 17.

He said he’ll miss the com­mu­nity in Round Rock.

“The qual­ity of life here is sec­ond to none,” he said.

City Man­ager Steve Nor­wood said in a state­ment that Wysocki did a “tremen­dous job grow­ing and shap­ing our Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Ser­vices De­part­ment, as well as the In­spec­tion Ser­vices Di­vi­sion.”

“His strong lead­er­ship skills and sense of hu­mor will be missed,” Nor­wood said in the state­ment. “We are sorry to lose Peter’s skill and in­tegrity. The City of Colorado Springs is get­ting a tal­ented pro­fes­sional.”

Devel­op­ment Ser­vices Man­ager Brad Wise­man will serve as the in­terim di­rec­tor un­til the city finds a per­ma­nent re­place­ment, the state­ment said.

Wysocki said his re­place­ment should fo­cus on main­tain­ing “the cus­tomer ser­vice and rap­port we had built with the stake hold­ers in the devel­op­ment com­mu­nity and the ci­ti­zens. … The city went through a lot of changes in the last two-and-a-half years — hopefully some­one who re­places me can con­tinue the ca­ma­raderie we’ve built.”

Ac­tors play the roles of Joseph and Mary in the manger scene of ‘A Christ­mas Jour­ney’ Satur­day evening at Im­manuel Lutheran Church. Or­ga­niz­ers said the event at­tracted more than 200 ve­hi­cles Satur­day and 300 on Sun­day. Con­tact Ben­jamin Wermund at 246-1150. Twit­ter: @Ben­jam­inEW

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