Worcester Names New Deputy Director of Development Review and Permitting

Jennifer Keener

The Worcester County Commissioners today announced Jennifer Keener as the new deputy director of Development Review and Permitting (DRP). Keener will take over for Deputy Director Phyllis Wimbrow, who will retire September 18 after 36 years of service to Worcester County.

The DRP deputy director is responsible for assisting the director with all aspects of development, review, permitting, and other functions, including staff supervision. Keener joined DRP in 2006, serving as a DRP specialist until being promoted to zoning administrator in 2009.

“I look forward to working more closely with Jennifer,” DRP Director Ed Tudor said. “I know she will be of immense help to me in the administration of the department and congratulate her on her achievement.”

“I would like to thank the County Commissioners for this new and exciting opportunity,” Keener said. “I look forward to further expanding my planning knowledge and experience in this position.”

According to a County press release:

Keener, a member of the American Planning Association (AICP) and a certified planner, brings 15 years of experience in planning and site plan review to this position.

In her role as zoning administrator, Keener had oversight of the Technical Review Committee, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals, as well as review and approval of commercial site plans. She reviewed and issued commercial and residential permits, conducted commercial zoning and nuisance inspections, and helped develop local legislation in response to changes in state planning and zoning laws.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in geography and environmental studies, with a minor in sociology and geology, from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2005. In 2008, she earned a Master of Science in environmental management from the University of Maryland University College, and in 2018 she earned AICP certification.

Visit the Worcester County website for more information.