City planner Ken Groves dies after short cancer fight

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The City of Montgomery is mourning the loss of one of its own. It was just a week ago that Mayor Todd Strange announced that Planning and Development Director Ken Groves would take time off to focus on fighting cancer.

Tuesday, at around 1:40am, Groves' very short battle with cancer ended at Baptist East Hospital. Brother-in-law Doug Lindley said Groves made a great contribution to Montgomery and was a true visionary in terms of what the city could be. Lindley said Groves would be greatly missed.

City spokeswoman Carol Gunter said visitation is scheduled for 10:30am on Friday, October 1. A memorial service will follow at 11:30am. Both will be held at First United Methodist Church in Cloverdale.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Downs was appointed at last week's city council meeting to act in place of Groves during his treatment period. It is not known who will ultimately replace him.

Groves was responsible for direction of long range planning, transportation planning, community development, land use regulation and geographic information systems for the city.

Ken joined the City in August 2001 following a four-year term as manager of the Bay St. Louis, MS office of Coastal Environments, Inc. His work in Mississippi involved direction of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Comprehensive Resource Management Planning Process for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Ken Groves spent 27 years at the local, state, regional, metropolitan, community and private levels with substantial work in the areas of comprehensive planning, parks and recreation planning, environmental planning, and user regulation, urban revitalization, economic development and housing for special needs populations.

He was 64-years-old.

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