Riverbank planner Hightower leaves post

local@modbee.comJune 11, 2013 

— J.D. Hightower, who oversaw the city's land use planning for the past nine years, no longer is in the post.

Hightower left the city's employment "by mutual agreement," City Manager Jill Anderson said in an email.

Hightower, whose most recent title was director of development services, could not be reached for comment.

He started as community development director in 2004, amid a building boom in Riverbank and other parts of the San Joaquin Valley. More recently, he helped guide planning for a revival of downtown.

Hightower also has led city planning in Escalon and Lodi. Before that, his work around the state included transit planning and management of Indian casinos.

Hightower made $126,080 in Riverbank last year, according to records provided earlier by the city. Anderson said the city paid him $77,227 upon his departure, including severance, a medical stipend, and unused vacation and sick time.

"The city and I wish J.D. all of the best in his future endeavors," she said.

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