University City hires new director of planning and development

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – City Manager of University City, Gregory Rose, announced the appointment of Clifford Cross to the Director of Planning and Development position for the city on Friday.

“We are extremely pleased to have Cross join our team,” Rose said. “He has a proven track record in planning and development and has been successful evolving many cities across the nation. He wants to make a difference in our community, and we think his knowledge and drive will be a tremendous asset during an exciting time here in University City.”

Cross will begin work February 4, 2019. This will be his first time working in the state of Missouri.

Clifford Cross/University City
Cross earned his Bachelor of Science – Geography in 2000 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Il. He then went to Indiana State University where he received his Master of Arts in Geography/Urban and Regional Planning and his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

“I am excited about this amazing opportunity to be part of the University City team,” Cross said. “This is a career opportunity that will allow me to expand upon the current success of the City and to continue our community efforts and focus to promote sustainable growth and development in a professional and courteous manner.

Cross has previous experience in planning and development serving as the City Planner/Director for Kankakee, Il, the Director of Planning for Duluth, Ga. as well as the Planning Director for the city of South Padre, Tx.

In these roles, Cross has been responsible for property maintenance and management, comprehensive plan development, zoning ordinance amendments, long range and current planning, reviewing sites and construction plans, enforcing and amending various ordinances and directing staff in all phases of planning and development.

“I look forward to this opportunity as the next Director of Planning and Development for University City, Missouri and to serve the citizens and community for many years to come,” Cross said.