The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization Council voted Oct. 18 to approve the hire of Reed Macmillan as its new director.

Macmillan, of Middletown, comes to the MPO from New Castle County government where he has worked since 2002. Most recently, he worked in New Castle County's Department of Land Use as the assistant land use general manager. There, Macmillan performed management duties overseeing the department's various operations and functions. These duties included comprehensive planning, licensing and building inspections, permitting, land development plan review, zoning, transportation, historic preservation, administrative hearings and more.

Prior to his employment with New Castle County, Macmillan worked for Kent County's Department of Planning Services; and in Aberdeen, Maryland, for the Aberdeen Proving Ground in its environmental conservation and restoration division. He also served as an environmental specialist for the Maryland Military Department, Fifth Regiment Armory, located in Baltimore.

Macmillan is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer whose last assignment was in 2015 for the First Mobilization Support Group in Fort Totten, New York. During his service, Macmillan was deployed twice overseas with the military to Kuwait in 2004 and to Iraq in 2008.

Macmillan has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in environmental planning, from Towson University; and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Macmillan will be the MPO's third executive director in its 25-year existence.