Last month, I announced my resignation from the City of Raleigh. I have accepted the new position of chief strategy officer with TROSA (Triangle Options for Substance Abusers) in Durham. TROSA is an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care.

For the past two years, I have taught a weekly job readiness class for soon-to-be TROSA graduates. I deeply believe in TROSA’s mission and its president/CEO, Kevin McDonald. If you have not heard of TROSA, then I encourage you to go to—it’s an amazing organization!

I am leaving with a strong sense of gratitude for the Community Services Department, city staff, City Council, and community partners–including the people who are bringing deserved attention to the Creative District of Southwest Raleigh. All are making a difference in the lives of Raleigh and Wake County residents. In my nine years with the City of Raleigh, including the past three years as Community Services director, I have been moved by the depth of caring shown by so many people who believe that positive change is possible.

The Community Services Department team is especially due my thanks. We like to say that we help people grow deeper roots in Raleigh. The team’s commitment to this goal shows every day. They love this work and are good at it.

My last day with the City will be April 2. I’m very pleased that Dwayne Patterson will serve as the acting Community Services director after my departure. Dwayne is the supervisor of the Neighborhood Services Division, which works closely with Citizens Advisory Councils and neighborhood-based organizations. The Neighborhood Services Division also organizes the Citizens Leadership Academy, Raleigh Neighborhood College, and the Neighborhood Exchange.

The Community Services Department has established a record of promoting neighborhood improvement, meaningful civic engagement, positive youth development, and volunteerism. Dwayne and other members of the Community Services team are ready to continue working with you. Please do not hesitate to contact them for ideas on how you can become more involved—and thus grow deeper roots—in your community.

With appreciation and gratitude for your commitment to a better Raleigh,

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