The Washington County Board of Commissioners has announced a new director of planning and zoning. Stephen Goodrich, who has held the position for over 40 years is retiring at the end of November.
Succeeding Goodrich will be Jill Baker, the department’s deputy director.
According to a press release:
Baker is a veteran of the department starting as an Associate Planner in October 1999 and advancing through the organization to the level of Deputy Director that she has held since 2011. In her 20 years of experience, Jill brings a significant knowledge of planning, zoning administration, project management and strategic planning.
“It has been a privilege to serve our community for the past 20 years. I’m honored and excited to continue my service by working in partnership with citizens and elected officials to create land use policies that will make Washington County a great place to live, work, and play now and long into the future,” said Baker.
From coverage in the Herald Mail:
County Administrator Robert Slocum said Monday that Baker will bring an “incredible amount of knowledge” to the position. “She has an ambition to get some things done that will help our community,” Slocum said.
Among those things is updating the county’s comprehensive plan, which Baker described Monday as a master plan for land use, growth and development for the next 20 years or so. The current plan has a 2002 date, but it had a minor update in 2011, Baker said. The state’s due date for the update, a major one, is 2021, but Baker said she wants to wrap it up before then.