Gwinnett County Names New Directors of Water & Planning Departments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recently confirmed Rebecca Shelton as Director of Water Resources and Matt Dickison as Director of Planning and Development.

Shelton has been serving since July as acting Director of the Department of Water Resources.

She started her career as a utility planner for what was then the Gwinnett County Department of Public Utilities, then worked for Atlanta, Alpharetta and an engineering firm before returning to Gwinnett. Shelton served on the team that helped Gwinnett win an award last year from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for best tasting water in the state. While she was acting director, Gwinnett won the Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Platinum Distribution System Excellence Award.

he water resources department handles water treatment, distribution, wastewater and stormwater management. It controls 1,400 miles of stormwater pipe and 3,000 miles of wastewater pipe, two filter plants that produce 70 million gallons of drinking water per day and the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, which treats up to 60 million gallons of sewage per day.

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Dickison joined the county’s planning and development department in 2021 as deputy director and was promoted last year to assistant director. He succeeds Susan Canon, who recently retired.

He began his career with the city of Louisville, Kentucky. He has served in leadership positions in Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Suwanee and served as planning and development director in Chamblee. He has also worked in the private sector.

He has a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois. He is a certified planner.

“I am honored to lead the department at a time when there are so many exciting planning and redevelopment projects underway now and on the horizon,” Dickison said. “

The planning and development department maintains standards and also contains the building, housing and community development and code enforcement divisions. The department handles community planning, permits for construction projects and business licenses.