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Buckeye appoints new Development Services leaders

Posted 7/9/21

After a national search, Brian Craig,  was chosen as the new Development Services Director for the city of Buckeye.

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Movers & Shakers

Buckeye appoints new Development Services leaders


After a national search, Brian Craig,  was chosen as the new Development Services Director for the city of Buckeye.

Mr. Craig has over 14 years of development and planning experience, most recently with the city of Avondale.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a great team in my hometown,” said Craig. “Buckeye has many new and exciting projects on the horizon. The city has a great future and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help shape it.”   

Throughout his career, Craig was responsible for overseeing the planning, permitting, zoning and engineering activities for both commercial and residential projects. Other accomplishments include leading the development process from pre-application to construction.

Craig holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Geography and Geology from the University of Northern Iowa. He resides with his family in Buckeye and begins his new assignment on July 26.

In addition, Adam Copeland was selected as the Deputy Director of Planning for the city. Copeland has worked for Buckeye since 2012, and was the Principal Planner where he supervised various functions of the city’s Planning Division.

During his career in Buckeye,  Copeland managed numerous complex development projects, facilitated major economic development projects and oversaw the zoning plan review processes for both commercial and residential projects.

“I’m excited to continue my career with the city,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to continue helping Buckeye develop strategically, which will have positive impacts for both our residents and businesses.”

Copeland has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on Urban Planning and Public Administration from Arizona State University, is a member and current Treasurer of the American Planning Association and its Arizona Chapter. His first day in the new position is July 12.

Dave Roderique, Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director said, “Both Brian and Adam have the right combination of talent and skills to bring Buckeye to the next level. As the city continues to see unprecedented growth in the city, Buckeye’s Development Services team will work closely with our Engineering Department to further our streamline processes.”


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