Danette M. Dye has been named Housing and Neighborhoods Director for the City of Gastonia. She will assume her position on February 26, 2022, filling the position vacated by the former Community Services Director. Dye brings to this position 32 years of local government experience working in both the City’s Police and Community Services departments.
“We are excited to promote Ms. Dye to this important position in our City,” said City Manager Michael Peoples. “She brings a depth and breadth of technical knowledge and hands-on experience with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and City programs, which will be crucial to advancing our commitment to housing and neighborhood development.”
Dye will oversee the Housing and Neighborhoods Department which includes Community Development, Keep Gastonia Beautiful, the Neighborhood Program Alliance for Community Enrichment and Sister Cities. The new position was created after City Council and City management identified the need for more focused and strategic efforts to enhance the City’s housing and neighborhood development programs, affordable housing, and homelessness efforts.
Prior to her promotion, Dye was Housing and Neighborhoods Administrator. She is a native of Gastonia and a graduate of Hunter Huss High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dye is a licensed real estate broker through the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and a HUD-certified Housing Counselor. She has completed several UNC School of Government academies during her career, including Community Development and Economic Development. She is active in her church through service on its operations team.
“I am honored to be selected by Mr. Peoples and his management team to serve the community I love and that has had such a profound impact upon my formative years,” Dye said. “I look forward to working with the Mayor and City Council, City Leadership, the staff, and citizens of Gastonia. As Gastonia continues to grow, I hope to play an integral part in the development of Gastonia’s future by effecting positive changes within the community.”