Atlantic City, NJ Mayor Fires Director: Here’s The Story
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.
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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