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City of Tallahassee adds two new departments to help growth across the city

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 17:21:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The City of Tallahassee is growing.

Two new departments were announced Friday to help growth inside City Hall and growth across the city.

The City of Tallahassee announced the Department of Community Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

City Manager Reese Goad announced the two new departments as a way to help the city hit the key parts of its proposed five-year strategic plan.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will help make sure the City takes on projects that encourage acceptance.

Angela Hendrieth will be the director of the program. Kimball Thomas will lead the Department of Community Services.

Thomas is currently the heard of the TEMPO program, which helps at risk youth. That will still be an organization under the Department of Community Service.

It will also include the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy, as well as other new ventures.

"Also now, we'll begin to look at profiles of homelessness and what works, what doesn't work, and what we can do to give this assistance to the homeless population," said Thomas. "We'll look at GIS data, where are they, what needs do they have, what skills do they have? And how do we get from homelessness to success."

The city manager says the departments will start working on bettering the city immediately.

The announcement from Goad comes just one day after Tallahassee Commissioner Jeremy Matlow took to Facebook, calling for a new city manager search.