Hudson -- The city has promoted Mark Richardson from city planner to director of its community development department.

City Manager Anthony Bales announced the promotion Dec. 21.

"Mark has been with the department for many years, but he brings a fresh perspective to the position that has been well received by the staff and the community," Bales said. "This is a great opportunity for Mark, and the city and I look forward to the leadership that he brings to the department."

The city was not able to provide salary information, and Richardson was not available for an interview at press time.

Richardson has been with the city since 2000 as city planner. He had been serving as acting community development director since April 2012 when Tom King retired.

Prior to his employment with Hudson, Richardson was a planner with Bismark-Burleigh, N.D. He has a bachelor's degree in architecture from North Dakota State University.

The department of community development helps citizens develop property, alter the exterior appearance of a house or building, erect a sign or construct an accessory structure in a yard.