June 18, 2018
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Portland’s top development official announces departure

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland City Manager Mark Rees on Friday afternoon announced that Penny St. Louis plans to leave her position as the city’s Planning and Urban Development Director at the end of the month.

St. Louis was described in a city announcement as leaving the job to pursue “new professional opportunities.”

St. Louis has worked for the city for 14 years, first hired as the associate corporation counsel and then in 2008 named by then-City Manager Joseph Gray to oversee the reorganization of the planning department, with goals of “streamlining” the department and making “it easier and more accessible to the public,” the city announcement stated.

“Penny has been a real asset to the city and her positive impact within the department as well as across the city will be felt for many years to come,” Rees said in a statement. “No undertaking was too large or too challenging for her, and I, as well as my predecessor Joe, thank her heartily for her hard work and commitment to the city.”

St. Louis’ last day of service will be Oct. 28. Rees stated he will appoint an Acting Director of Planning and Urban Development in the coming weeks, as well as announce details of a national search process.

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