City hires new community development director

By Andrew L Basden


Todd Kennemer has been named the New Community Development Director for Newcastle.

Kennemer is AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified and brings almost two decades worth of experience with him.

“I worked as a City Planner and Community Development Director for 18 to 20 years, before that I taught high school industrial Arts and Technology ,” said Kennemer.

His very first job working for a city was in Ponca City where he worked for about two to three years before moving to Kansas.

“I was in Kansas for 12 years before moving back home to Oklahoma,” said Kennemer.

His interest in this type of work began at a young age.

“As a child I used to draw maps, floor plans, and neighborhoods. My dream home was a castle located next door to the amusement park and the ice cream store,” said Kennemer.

He has one son who is married.  Kennemer’s son has one child that is two years old and is expecting baby no. two who is due in May.

If he has any spare time, he enjoys woodworking, remodeling his house, restoring old cars and pickups, and spoiling his grandson.

Kennemer has been able to work on many different projects during his career span.

“I am very proud of the windfarm located in Butler County, Kan., that I was able to be involved with,” said Kennemer.

“We are very excited to have Todd join our city staff, as Community Development Director. He serves a very important role in multiple areas for the city,” said Mayor Gene Reid.

Kennemer began with the city on October 18.

“I want to work with the residents of Newcastle so the towns growth will be well planned and well managed,” said Kennemer.

Kennemer wants to make sure that the towns attractiveness and character is never in jeopardy of being destroyed.

“Kennemer is a great addition to the City of Newcastle. He will be a big asset in our continuing process of development in Newcastle,” said Assistant City Manager Kevin Self.

He believes that Newcastle can be the town that has everything its residents need so that they don’t have to run to the city.

“I see the growth that Newcastle is experiencing and I know that there is so much potential here,” said Kennemer.

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