City planner resigns

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

Adam Stumb is rising to new heights, both geographically and professionally.
Stumb, who has been Trinity’s planning director and code enforcement officer since 2003, will be taking a planning position with Ashe County. His last day will be December 7.  He said he has enjoyed planning in the Trinity area.
“When Trinity incorporated, it was one thing to become a city, but the next logical step was to create a plan, or vision, of what they wanted to be,” Stumb said. “It is an ongoing goal and mission, and hopefully, I helped get that started here.”
Stumb said his new job will include the same duties he has in Trinity, but the terrain will be mountainous.
He said the move to the mountains will give him, his pregnant wife, Adrienne, and his 4-year-old son a chance to be closer to his family in Boone and Blowing Rock.
“Professionally, it will give me a chance to move into an area that is starting to see a lot of growth and development. I would also like to work towards my master’s while I am there, and I would be more inclined to look at Appalachian State,” Stumb said.
Despite the new job’s advantages, Stumb said he will miss Trinity.
“I will certainly miss the staff I work with, and I owe them a lot,” Stumb said. “I will miss those that I worked with in the community, including those that I worked with on the code enforcement side.”
City Manager Debbie Hinson said the staff will miss Stumb.
“Adam’s departure is like losing a family member, not just a co-worker or employee. I will miss his willingness to do whatever is needed with no complaints no matter what the job,” Hinson said. “Adam’s title should consist of planner/code enforcement, IT, office assistant, customer service, event coordinator and our afternoon barista.”
She also said his move is “bittersweet” to the community and the staff.
“Adam is very professional, and has represented the city and its residents very well. He has gone above and beyond any scope of work to assist a resident if needed. He is also the founder of our popular City Haul program,” Hinson said. “While we all wish him and his family well in his new position, he will be greatly missed by all of us.”
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