AUBURN, Ala. - City Manager James Buston announced today that Megan McGowen Crouch will be appointed as the next assistant city manager and chief operating officer for the City of Auburn.

The selection of Crouch follows the departure of former Assistant City Manager Kevin Cowper. Cowper left Auburn in April to become the city manager of Dothan, Alabama.

“Megan’s expertise in so many different areas of city operations makes her an excellent fit for this role,” said Buston. “The City of Auburn is fortunate to have a dedicated professional of Megan’s caliber working passionately each and every day to promote and advance the best interests of our community.” 

Crouch has worked for the City of Auburn for over 21 years, beginning as an intern in the Planning Department in June 1997. Her experience includes serving as a city planner, economic development officer, assistant economic development director, and deputy economic development director. Most recently, Crouch held the position of executive director for development services.

Her work for the City of Auburn includes industrial recruitment and commercial development. Crouch has also worked closely with the development departments on projects including CompPlan 2030, Renew Opelika Road, the Downtown Master Plan and the Northwest Auburn Plan.

Buston has appointed Scott Cummings as the new executive director for development services, Crouch's former position. Cummings most recently served as the city's director of public works and was previously the City of Auburn’s water resource management director. He has over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sectors of municipal government.

The City of Auburn's former environmental services director, Tim Woody, will succeed Cummings as public works director. Woody has worked for the City of Auburn for 32 years in many roles, including laborer, animal control officer, assistant superintendent of sanitation, solid waste division manager, and assistant director and director of environmental services.

As Woody moves to public works, Catrina Cook will become the director of environmental services. Cook, who has worked with the City of Auburn for 21 years, has served as an environmental services assistant, division manager for right of way maintenance and assistant director of environmental services.

“Together, these four individuals have nearly 80 years of collective experience and expertise in service to Auburn’s citizens," Buston said. "I’m proud that we have such qualified individuals in our organization, and I look forward to working with of them in their new roles and to the amazing things that they will do in service to our community.”