Newcastle seeks to fill vacancy for director of community development

September 6, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The city of Newcastle is in search of a new director of community of development after current director Steve Roberge completed his last day Sept. 4.

Roberge, who has been with the city for more than five years, will head to Istanbul, where his wife received a fellowship.

At the Aug. 21 City Council meeting, councilmembers and City Manager Rob Wyman offered their thanks to Roberge.

“I’d just like to thank Steve for his just over five years of service and dedication to the city of Newcastle,” Wyman said. “He will definitely be missed.”

“I would like to say to Steve Roberge that we are really going to miss him,” said Councilman Bill Erxleben. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for a transcultural experience and it’s one of the great cities in the world. So, congratulations.”

Roberge said he was proud of the projects he worked on during his time with the city, in particular the opening of the Coal Creek Family YMCA and the long-anticipated Newcastle Library.

“The whole Newcastle area is such a great area, I love this area,” he said. “The people that live here are fantastic. I hope to come back in the future. Newcastle has so many great things.”

Wyman will assume Roberge’s duties until a replacement is named. Applications are currently being accepted and can be found on the city’s website. To be considered for the first review, application materials must be submitted by Sept. 14.

Wyman said he expects to name a replacement in mid-October.

The director of community development manages all functions of the Community Development Department, which includes the Building and Planning divisions.

The Building Division administers permit and code enforcement activities.

The Planning Division is responsible for administering the city’s Comprehensive Plan, zoning code, land use and development, and other growth management plans, and it processes new residential and commercial applicants.

The director works closely with the City Council and Planning Commission.

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