Newton hires planning director

The city of Newton announced Tuesday it has hired a new planning director.

Christine Bartleson succeeds Glenn Pattishall, who retired in January after 28 years with the city.

Bartleson was selected from a pool of 50 applicants, based on her knowledge and experience in municipal planning, according to a press release from the city.

“I love this area and the people," she said. "I look forward to developing relationships here in Newton as my goal is to help the city grow and prosper. Newton has had a lot of success over the years, and it has great potential for future success. I am excited to be a part of the Newton team as we strive for excellence.”

Her starting salary as planning director will be $53,809.60.

Bartleson began her career in planning with an internship with the city of High Point, followed by a four-year stint as planning director and zoning and code-enforcement officer for Bessemer City.

She then moved to Pennsylvania from 2002-11 and served as assistant director of planning and economic development for the township of Bethlehem, and as community planner and zoning officer for the city of Bethlehem.

Bartleson graduated from UNC-Greensboro, where she attained her bachelor of arts degree in geography, with concentrations in urban planning and environmental studies. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).