Easton officials will be searching for a new chief planner in the new year
2018-12-13 | Morning CallDec. 13 -- Easton will be looking for a new chief planner in the new year.
Tina Roseberry was hired as the city's director of planning in September 2015 , but in June Mayor Sal Panto Jr . announced the city would no longer have separate departments for codes and planning and zoning.
The change meant that Roseberry went from being the city's director of planning to chief planner.
Stephen Nowroski , the city's director of planning and codes, confirmed Roseberry left the position about two weeks ago for another job, though he was unsure where.
Roseberry couldn't immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
City officials are reviewing whether the chief planner job description warrants any changes and will advertise for the position early next year.
As chief planner, Roseberry was responsible for making amendments to city zoning and outreach to the city's four neighborhoods: the Downtown, West Ward, South Side and College Hill, Nowroski said.
She was overseeing the creation of a new West Ward Neighborhood Plan and was set to oversee Easton's 2020 Census.
She also represented the city at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission , and was responsible for grant writing, including a recently awarded grant to help re-write the city's historic preservation ordinance.
Roseberry was hired three years ago when city officials created a separate codes department and separate planning and zoning department. As part of that move, they hired a director for each department.
Roseberry was hired to oversee the planning and zoning department.
She previously worked for SSM Group , a Wyomissing -based engineering company. Roseberry also has extensive experience managing her own consulting business.
From 1990 to 2000 she served as a planner for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Harrisburg .
In June, city officials suddenly announced they would switch back to how things were several years ago when the departments were merged and the functions of codes, planning and zoning were handled in a single department under one director.
Panto had said the change was meant to streamline operations.
He said some employees' salaries would increase and others' would decrease, though he stopped short of saying Roseberry was demoted.
Nowroski, who had been the city's chief code administrator, was named director of the merged department. Carl Manges , who had been the city's chief planner, became a zoning administrator.
According to city records, as of June , Roseberry made $94,221 per year.
In addition to Roseberry's position, city officials are also looking to fill the role of Economic Development Director Dawn Ferrante Hart , who announced in October that she was leaving to start her own business in Monroe County .
On Thursday, Panto said city officials have received applications and are in the process of setting up interviews for the economic development director's job.
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