The City of Iowa City has promoted its current Neighborhood Services Coordinator to the position of Neighborhood and Development Services Director.
Tracy Hightshoe has been with the City for more than 16 years. She replaces previous Neighborhood and Development Services Director Doug Boothroy, who retired in September after more than 40 years of service. Hightshoe has served as Interim Director since his retirement.
“Tracy brings exceptional knowledge and experience and a passion for public service to this important role,” City Manager Geoff Fruin said. “She is a proven collaborative leader who excels in finding solutions through community partnerships. I am very excited for her to assume this position and am confident she will do outstanding work as Director.”
Hightshoe received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. She’s worked for the City since 2001 and has served as a Community Development Planner, and then as Neighborhood Services Coordinator.
During her time with the City, Hightshoe has overseen the redevelopment of the Towncrest commercial neighborhood, the purchase and demolition of more than 100 flood prone properties, and administered the Single Family New Construction Program, which incentivized 141 new homes for primarily low-to-moderate income homeowners. She’s also managed more than $15 million in Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds for housing, jobs and service projects that have benefited low-to-moderate income residents.
Hightshoe will oversee the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which is comprised of Neighborhood Services, and includes Housing Authority, Housing Inspections and Community Development, as well as Development Services, including Building Inspections and Urban Planning. She will also oversee the Iowa City transportation planning efforts coordinated through the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County, or MPOJC.
Hightshoe will officially begin her new position on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.