Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City's new Development Services Center (DSC) is expected to open at City Hall in March of 2010. Fred Hoke, the Director of the City Building and Safety Department, will begin his new position of DSC Manager, effective October 1. The DSC will be a "one-stop shop" for the review, permitting and inspection of development projects
The Development Service Center is a profound change in the way we do business at City Hall. It is critical to Lincoln's future," Beutler said. "Having a single point of entry into the system is key, so builders can get to work rather than navigating through departments located all over the City. The DSC also will help develop the teamwork and cultural change we need to make City Hall even more responsive to the people who create jobs.
Hoke has been Building and Safety Director since December 2008. He had been the Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders Association of Lincoln since 2006. He previously managed accounts for major banks as part of two companies dealing with information technology security and risk assessment. In the late 1990s, he created Manpower Technical-Professional office in Omaha.. He also has experience in education in several states, and served as Executive Director of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators from 1986 through 1992. Hoke has a master's degree in educational administration from West Virginia University.
Beutler said Hoke has the right combination of personal and professional qualities needed to head the DSC. "Fred understands business, technology and personnel management," Beutler said. " He also understands how to educate and motivate. And he has a commitment to excellence. Fred is a visionary, quick to embrace and explore new ideas, new technology and new ways of doing business."
The Mayor also announced that Chuck Zimmerman, the current Manager of Building Services for Building and Safety, will become the department's Interim Director, also effective October 1st.
Zimmerman has been with Building and Safety since 1992. Before that, he worked for 14 years in architectural plan review in the State Fire Marshal's office and has been successful in the adoption of fire and building codes on the state and local levels. Zimmerman has a degree in architecture from UNL.