City hires new director of community development

December 6, 2012

By Staff

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Tim McHarg has been hired as the city’s new director of community development.

The position became available after Steve Roberge, who had been with the city for more than five years, headed to Istanbul, where his wife received a fellowship, in early September. City Manager Rob Wyman had assumed the position’s duties since.

The city held a meet-and-greet with the three final candidates Oct. 24 and put the applicants through a thorough interview process, which included a mock Newcastle City Council meeting.

“It was literally like he had worked here for a year,” Wyman said of McHarg’s interview. “He understood the issues, he understood the city and he was calm, cool and collected up there while we were grilling him.”

McHarg was previously the planning director in Bozeman, Mont.

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.

McHarg’s first day was Dec. 3.

 

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