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The City of Opelika welcomes Charles M. (Matt) Mosley to the city’s leadership lineup on January 3, 2017, as the City’s new Director of Planning. Mosley will replace the current Director of Planning, Jerry Kelley, who is retiring after 10 years with the City, on January 1, 2017. Mosley comes to Opelika from the Town of Pike Road, where he served as Planning Director since June 2015.

            “Matt brings practical knowledge of planning, including zoning, land use,comprehensive planning and historic preservation. We are fortunate to have someone like Matt join our team. He will bring a deep understanding of planning and city government to Opelika. And, he’s a big believer in customer service,”said Mayor Gary Fuller.

            Mosley graduated from Samford University in Birmingham with a B.A. in Geographic Information Systems/Environmental Science. He then went on to gain his Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Public Administration from Auburn University.

"It's easy to see through examples like the rapid growth and success of Tiger Town and there development of downtown and historic areas surrounding it, among others, that Opelika's citizens and leaders have embraced the principles of good planning,”said Mosley. "I'm very excited to continue the great work that the Mayor,Council, Planning Commission and staff have done to create a plan for the future of Opelika."  

            He began his career at Wiser Imagery Services in Birmingham, Ala., as a Geospatial Analyst and then moved back to Auburn in 2005 to work as the Senior Planning Technician for the City of Auburn Planning Department. In this role, he designed and organized Auburn’s Citizens Planning Academy to provide training and information on the field of planning to City Council members, city and county officials and citizens. He also collected and analyzed data for the Auburn Interactive Growth Model, among many other responsibilities. He was later named Senior Planner and ultimately Principal Planner for the City of Auburn in 2014 where he supervised and trained new Planning employees during a reorganization of the department. He also coordinated development review with other city departments, implemented new regulations and was involved with the Historic Preservation Commission.

            As the Planning Director for the Town of Pike Road, Mosley was accountable for operations of the Town’s planning department. He served as the adviser to the Town Council, the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Consolidated Review Committee and worked with other Town departments, municipalities,private organizations and State and Federal agencies to coordinate planning functions. He worked with Town consultants, overseeing public works, traffic engineering, capital projects and architectural design. He was also involved with the Montgomery Planning Organization, where he served on the Bicycle and Pedestrian subcommittee.

            “We are delighted to have Matt Mosley come on board with the City.” Opelika Planning Commission Chairman, Lewis Cherry stated, “He is an excellent choice and we’re grateful to Mayor Fuller for finding us such an outstanding replacement for Jerry Kelley. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

A native of Nolensville, Tennessee, Mosley holds a certification from American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters.