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Friday, October 28, 2016

P&Z Director Resigns, Deputy Promoted

UPDATE After just seven months on the job, Westport Planning and Zoning Director Steve Palmer is resigning effective Nov. 14, and Deputy Director Mary Young will fill the post, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

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Mary Young: takes over Nov. 14. Contributed photo
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Steve Palmer: will have served seven months. Contributed photo

According to the announcement, Palmer is leaving to assume a similar position in another town. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi of New Canaan confirmed to the New Canaan Advertiser that Palmer would be taking over there as town planner.

“I want to thank Steve for his contributions to the town and the P&Z Department,” Marpe said. “Although his time was short, he was a valuable asset to the department.”

Palmer, who assumed the director’s role April 1, replacing Laurence Bradley, said he was grateful for the time he has served Westport “and am happy that Mary will continue as director of the department.”

“Westport is in very capable hands,” he said.

Palmer, who lives in Fairfield, worked as an enforcement official in Westport’s P&Z for 12 years before leaving for Bethel in 2003.

Young has been a member of Westport’s P&Z staff since 2002, and prior to that she served on the Greenwich P&Z staff.

“I am very happy that we are able to promote Mary to Director of Planning & Zoning,” Marpe said.

“She brings a unique combination of professional planning and zoning expertise and local knowledge that make her a critical resource to the department staff, the P&Z Commission, the ZBA and most importantly, to the citizens of Westport.

“I am confident in her ability to continually improve office procedure, customer service, and the planning functions that are critical to the success of that town department,” he added. “I look forward to working with her to insure a seamless transition in this leadership position.”

Prior to joining the Westport P&Z staff, Young served on the P&Z staff in Greenwich. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY, Purchase, and a Master’s degree in Community Planning, Policy Analysis Concentration, from the University of Rhode Island. 

She has obtained her Professional Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and, most recently from the CT Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials (CAZEO).

This story has been updated with confirmation that Palmer is going to New Canaan.

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Congratulations Mary it was a position waiting for you.

Posted by Michael Calise on October 28, 2016 at 03:32 PM | #
 

Steve was a pleasure to work with. Mary is deserving and will be great at the job.

Posted by lawrence weisman on October 28, 2016 at 04:00 PM | #