On Sunday, the City of El Paso announced the selection of Philip Etiwe as Director of Planning and Inspections.
“We are excited to welcome Philip to help lead a City department that plays a critical role in the advancement and growth of our community,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “Having previously worked for the City of El Paso, Philip will be able to hit the ground running to continue developing strategic and innovative solutions for our community.”
Most recently Mr. Etiwe worked as the Director of Community Development Services and Chief City Administrator for the City of South Fulton, Georgia, where he was responsible for creating and setting the foundation for Planning Services, Building Permits and Inspections, Engineering, Code Enforcement, Business Licenses, and The Geographic Information System (GIS).
As Chief City Administrator, he was responsible for assisting the Mayor by assigning priorities and objectives to city staff.
“Philip brings more than 28 years of private, public and non-profit experience that will greatly benefit the residents and businesses of the City of El Paso,” said Deputy City Manager Cary Westin. “He has in-depth knowledge on economic development, urban planning, downtown and neighborhood developments, and is proven to be successful in identifying service gaps and creating efficiencies.”
Members of the development community were a part of the interview panel and provided input on the selection of Mr. Etiwe.
Mr. Ray Adauto, Executive Vice President of the El Paso Association of Builders, said, “The community appreciates the opportunity to participate in the selection process and believes Mr. Etiwe is a great candidate for this important position.”
Mr. Etiwe graduated with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and bachelor’s degree in Land Use Resources and Environment from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Etiwe’s new position is effective August 27, 2018.