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Development Services Key Staff

Jeremy Pate,
Development Services Director
Jeremy serves the citizens of Fayetteville as the department head for the Development Services Department, including the divisions of Building Safety, City Planning, Community Services and Engineering. He is the Mayor's primary contact for zoning and development matters, and is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures designed to facilitate the effective and efficient conduct of the community development services the City offers. His office coordinates efforts between departments and divisions throughout the City to evaluate development and land use applications; develops new ordinances to meet goals and policies set forth by the Mayor and City Council;  administers a wide-ranging Transportation Bond Program and Community Development Block Grant; coordinates infrastructure design and engineering services; ensures compliance with building safety, land use and property codes; and operates the Animal Services program and Shelter.

Jeremy has lived in Fayetteville since 1995. He attended the University of Arkansas and Melbourne University, obtaining degrees in Landscape Architecture and English, with minor degrees in Geosciences. Jeremy became interested in urban design and planning through his landscape architecture curriculum studies and travels in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. He worked in Colorado as a landscape architect and planning consultant in the private sector before returning to the City of Fayetteville. Since 2003, Jeremy has served the City as an Associate Planner, Senior Planner, Landscape Administrator, and City Planner before taking on his current role as a department director.

Chris Brown,
City Engineer
As the leader of the Engineering Division, Chris oversees all activities of the Division, including review and inspection of private development for compliance with city code; design, management, and inspection of public works projects; and land acquisition.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1994 from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining the City of Fayetteville as Assistant City Engineer in 2006, he was employed by the City of Springdale for 12 years as the Capital Improvements Program Manager.


Andrew Garner,
City Planning Director
As the City Planning Director, Andrew oversees daily operations of the development entitlement process. He is the City staff leader for the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment providing recommendation and guidance on land use, zoning, and development decisions. Andrew has led the City’s transition to a digital submittal and review process for building permits and Planning Commission applications.

Prior to joining the City of Fayetteville, Andrew worked as an environmental consultant in the public and private land development industry, primarily in southern California. Andrew has earned a membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Yolanda Fields,
Director of Community Services
Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
In her current position as Director of Community Services, Yolanda administers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants, the Code Compliance program, and Animal Shelter programs.

Yolanda graduated from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces with a B.S. in Business Administration and has been with the City of Fayetteville since 1988. She served as the City's Internal Auditor for 12 years and in her current position since 2000. Before moving to Fayetteville, Yolanda served as the Deputy Treasurer for the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

David Molashi,
Building Official
As the Building Official for the City of Fayetteville, David is responsible for enforcement, interpretation, and adoption of the building code, policy, and procedures. 

David grew up in a family-owned general contractor company and was introduced to the profession at an early age. After serving 20 years in the U.S. Army, David worked as a superintendent for a local general contractor, overseeing a variety of construction projects. Before moving to Fayetteville, he was Chief Building Inspector for the City of Springdale. 

Justine Lentz,
Animal Services Superintendent
As the City's Animal Services Superintendent, Justine manages not only the Fayetteville Animal Shelter's daily operations, but she also oversees the City's Animal Control Officers and serves as a liaison between the Shelter and the community.

Justine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, graduating cum laude, in 2006 from the University of Arkansas. She also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Leflar School of Law, in May 2009.


City Planning administers and enforces the City's Unified Development Code, implements long range plans, and facilitates the development process in Fayetteville. 

Engineering protects the City's floodplains, facilitates the installation of the City's infrastructure, and manages the transportation bond & capital improvements programs.

Community Services coordinates the animal services, community development, and code compliance programs.

Building Safety administers building regulations that protect the health, safety, and welfare of Fayetteville's citizens in the built environment.

Animal Services operates the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and provides public education, adoption, and 24-hour emergency service for animals in the City.