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Allen appointed director of operations and community development

Allen appointed director of operations and community development

CRAWFORDSVILLE (Jan. 5, 2023) – Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton recently announce the appointment of Brandy Allen as director of operations and community development for the City of Crawfordsville, effective immediately.


The position directly reports to the mayor and has full authority to represent and act on behalf of the mayor to implement community development plans and projects. Allen will be responsible for fostering a community development plan that promotes efficiency, growth, economic vitality, and an enhanced quality of life for the city. This includes overseeing the implementation of strategic projects and initiatives designed to achieve the community development plan, and further improve the quality of place and life for all residents and businesses.  


“Brandy has contributed significantly in helping us create a vision for a thriving community,” Barton said. “We co-authored Crawfordsville’s winning Stellar Communities Plan and much of our success would not have been possible without her visionary leadership.  I have the utmost confidence in Brandy, and elevating her to this position creates an incredibly strong team, further enhancing our ability to take Crawfordsville to the next level.”


The new position has been expanded by combining the previous roles of director of operations and Allen’s former position as director of planning and community development within the City’s planning department. Allen will retain responsibility for community development from her previous position. Responsibility for overseeing the building department, permitting, and zoning regulations will remain in the City’s planning department. 


“I am so excited to continue to serve Crawfordsville in this new position,” Allen said. “All I have ever wanted is to make Crawfordsville the best place to live, work, and raise a family.  I am looking forward to continuing to dedicate my career to the City and assist Mayor Barton in helping our community reach its full potential in the years to come.” 


Allen graduated with honors from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning and Development in 2006. She interned with the City’s planning department in 2005 before graduating and was hired on as a staff planner for the City planning department in 2006. Allen is married to Mitch Allen, and they have two children – Hayden, 13, and Harper, 11.