IrbyOne of only three open positions in Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration has been filled.

On Jan. 17, Stimpson introduced Dianne Irby as the city of Mobile’s Executive Director of Planning and Development.

The position is new and will come with a salary of $110,000 annually.
Starting Jan. 31, Irby will oversee Urban Development, Community Planning and Development, Historical Development, Municipal Enforcement, Environmental Services and Real Estate and Asset Management.

The newest member of Stimpson’s administration comes from KBR, Inc. where she serves as the Water Market and Facilities Market Director for KBR Infrastructure Unit. Stimpson was confident Irby will be a major asset for the city.

“Dianne is a proven leader who brings world-class management and organizational skills to city government,” Stimpson said. “She will be a dynamic addition to our team and an incredible resource for our citizens as we continue our mission to make Mobile the safest, most business- and family-friendly city in America by 2020.”

Irby is a longtime resident of Mobile with more than 30 years of experience with business acquisition and operations in both the public and private sectors. In 2000, she became the first woman to serve as chair of the board of directors of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
Irby wants to help move Mobile form the “city that could to, the city that did.”

“Mobile is poised for incredible growth in the next few years and I am excited to be working with Mayor Stimpson to help us realize our true potential,” she said. “I am humbled to join the outstanding team he is assembling in city government and look forward to the great things we will accomplish together.”

With this announcement, Stimpson only has two positions to fill — executive director of information technology and executive director of public safety. The mayor said the executive director of information technology position should be filled within 10 days.

Fire-Rescue Chief has not been formally filled but Stimpson has tapped Randy Smith to serve. He said it has not come before the council because it is “not the right time yet.”