Lewisville has hired Marichelle Samples as its new director of economic development.

Samples, who most recently was the assistant city attorney in Dallas, has more than nine years of local government experience, according to a Jan. 20 news release. She started in the litigation division in Dallas, moved to the general counsel division and later was promoted to supervising attorney for the economic and community development section.

“Marichelle is an upcoming star in the economic development world,” Lewisville City Manager Claire Powell stated in the news release. “Her knowledge of economic development tools and experience negotiating and drafting some of the top economic development deals in the metroplex made her the right person for the job.”

Samples said she likes what Lewisville has to offer.

“This job made me reevaluate what I was doing and where I wanted to be,” she said in the release. “I really wanted to be part of the team leading the development, redevelopment and other business opportunities in Lewisville.”

While working in Dallas, Samples negotiated agreements and provided legal advice for the city, including its office of economic development and the department of housing and neighborhood revitalization, the release stated. Among the projects she worked on was the redevelopment of the Statler Hotel into a multifamily/hotel/retail mixed-use project and the redevelopment of the old Dallas High School into commercial and office space, according to the release.

Samples has a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

She replaces Jason Moore, who resigned from the city of Lewisville in June.