Cynthia Cannon has been selected as the new Planning and Zoning Manager for the City of Pensacola, bringing over 25 years of experience in urban and comprehensive planning, project management and community resiliency to the position. In her new role as Planning and Zoning Manager, Cannon will be responsible for overseeing all activities of the Planning and Zoning Division within the Development Services Department, including coordinating and implementing the City of Pensacola's Comprehensive Plan.
Cannon has been with the city since 2019 as the Assistant Planning Services Administrator, also working for the city from 2011-2012 as the Administrator for the City of Pensacola Office of Sustainability. She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental resource management and planning from the University of West Florida, along with her master's degree in public administration and coastal zone management.
Prior to working for the city, Cannon served on the City of Pensacola Planning Board from 2009-2011. She has also been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2008.
Cannon's previous experience also includes serving as an Associate Planner with CH2M HILL, where she worked on military base master plans for U.S. and Iraqi military bases, and Senior Planner for West Florida Regional Planning Council implementing the U.S. EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program.
As the Planning and Zoning Manager, Cannon will work under the direction of Development Services Director Sherry Morris. Her responsibilities will include working with staff to implement sustainability and resiliency goals for the city, coordinating the division's long-range planning initiatives, preparing the division's annual budget and more. Cannon will also act as a liaison to federal, state and local agencies, along with working with various official citizen committees and boards to promote long term community resiliency.