We have just conducted a dynamic interview with Barbara Allen Woolley-Dillon, PP, AICP.

It was our first-ever interview with Woolley-Dillon, who we found to be elegant, articulate, and credible.

Yesterday, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Woolley-Dillon was fired by Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small as Atlantic City’s Director of Planning & Development.

Woolley-Dillon was hired in December 2018 during the administration of former Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam.

Approximately nine months later, Small became the Mayor.

Woolley-Dillon confirmed to us that she was fired at about 11:00 a.m., yesterday.

Confidential Atlantic City Hall sources advised that Woolley-Dillon was unwilling to support Small in certain matters involving planning and development.

In other words, it appears that Woolley-Dillon was unwilling to sign off on certain things that Small wanted to do involving Atlantic City-owned real estate.

We posed this question to Woolley-Dillon, who said:

“I fully supported the administration whenever possible. My goal was to always move the city forward. I have an American Institute of Certified Planning (AICP) license and there are ethical cannons that I must follow at all times,” said Woolley-Dillon.

“I am bound by this code of ethics. Without this license, I cannot practice in America or Internationally,” said Woolley-Dillon.

“I must advocate for things that do no harm. I did not always agree with the (Small) administration. I would have liked to continue in my position,” said Woolley-Dillon.

”I try to accept things graciously. I really do wish the best for the citizens of Atlantic City. I’m sorry I won’t be able to continue in my role,” said Woolley-Dillon.

Woolley-Dillon’s résumé is both a vast and impressive one, with more than 30 years of extensive experience in planning and development.

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We asked Woolley-Dillon if she intends to pursue litigation against Small and the City of Atlantic City. She was unwilling to broach this topic at this time.


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