WARREN, Pa. – The new year brought a new face to the City of Warren staff.
Vince DeJoy took over as the new city planner Monday.
“I’m excited to be here,” DeJoy said during the special City Council meeting Monday. “I’m excited for all the good things we’ll be working on together.”
City staff apparently wasted little time getting DeJoy acclimated to his new position.
“I hear city staff kept him very busy,” City Manager Nancy Freenock said. “He attended our Board of Health meeting and is being initiated into the workings of the city.”
In November 2019, DeJoy retired as Director of Development with the City of Jamestown (N.Y.). In that role, DeJoy was responsible for economic and community development initiatives and acted as the Department Head for Zoning and Code Enforcement. DeJoy also spent time as the Finance Committee Chair while serving on the Jamestown City Council.
“Vince is a welcome addition to City staff,” Freenock said. “He has an engaging personality and is very outgoing. He will bring a fresh perspective to City staff and will be instrumental in moving the City forward.”
DeJoy takes over the position that had been filled by David Hildebrand for nearly 30 years, though Freenock is looking to redefine the role of city planner if council approves.
“With Council approval, the redesigned position to be filled by Vince will be responsible for Zoning and Code Enforcement,” Freenock said. “The position will also be responsible for the City’s CDBG program, the Tree City USA program and the annual DEP Recycling Grant. And, perhaps most importantly, Vince will bring his sales and marketing skills to aid the City in its redevelopment efforts.”
DeJoy is looking forward to this new opportunity.
“I can’t wait to really roll up my sleeves and get started,” he said.