Lightfoot announces nomination of new Chicago Department of Planning and Development Commissioner


Maurice D. Cox

Maurice D. Cox is Mayor Lori Lightfoot's nominee to head up Chicago's Department of Planning and Development as its Commissioner. 

“It is time that the city focuses on development that is directed throughout every community and into areas that have been overlooked for decades,” said Lightfoot. “Maurice Cox is uniquely qualified to help create a city where development addresses the fundamental needs of every neighborhood so that Chicago benefits and equitably works for all its residents.” 

Eleanor Gorski, who has served as Acting Commissioner, will remain with the department as First Deputy. 

“I want to thank Eleanor for stepping in and leading the important work of Planning and Development, which touches every single one of our neighborhoods,” said the Mayor. “Eleanor is a tremendous asset to my administration and the City of Chicago, and I look forward to continuing our work together.” 

Cox will serve as Acting Commissioner starting Sept. 15. His appointment will be introduced to the City Council during the September meeting. 

Maurice D. Cox
Most recently Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit, Cox is an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of Charlottesville, VA, according to the Mayor's office. 

While in Detroit, he created a new, resident-centered planning and development department and led the city’s revitalization through innovative urban planning strategies that champion the equitable redevelopment of neighborhoods. The planning studies, supported by the City’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund, are unique to Detroit, mapping out short-term, fully-funded, and actionable changes for physical quality of life improvements to neighborhoods. 

In addition to being Charlottesville mayor in 2002 and 2004, he served in various other Charlottesville government roles including Chair of Housing and Development Authority Commission, Chair of Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, and Chair of Mayor’s Taskforce on Urban Housing Policy. 

“Chicago is one of the most architecturally beautiful and inspiring cities in the world,” said Cox. “It is an honor to join Mayor Lightfoot’s team in our effort to harness the creative energy and resources that presently fuel the resurgence of downtown and expand it to all neighborhoods to create a more equitable and just city.”  

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