Mary Baker, a longtime staff member with the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, announced last week she was retiring.
The highly respected Baker joined land use in 1985 and has been the deputy director since 1997.
"I'm so glad I did it as long as I did," she says. "I'm ready to rest for a little bit."
She notes that she'd like to do some other things, but didn't elaborate.
Baker leaves on something of a high note with the unified development code passing both the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission last week, as well as approval last week of the new Midtown Overlay District by the Land Use Control Board. The Midtown plan now has to go before the City Council.
"It's time to go," Baker says.