Commissioner of Planning and Community Development

The City of Mount Vernon is seeking a Commissioner of Planning and Community Development to define and pursue strategic goals in an urban/suburban environment, including comprehensive planning, transit-oriented development, downtown commercial revitalization, adaptive reuse. Initiates broad city planning and development concepts for improvements in housing & neighborhood preservation. Lead the City in development of a New Comprehensive Plan. Directs the obtaining and administration of Federal and State grants; develops department budget;  staff development.


Under the general direction of the Mayor, the Commissioner directs the planning and community development program.  Acts as advisor to the City Planning Board. Exercises full supervision over a number of professional staff and clerical support staff. 


Candidates should have a minimum of 7 years experience in urban management and real estate development with a degree in planning, architecture, public administration, law, real estate finance or a related field.  A Master’s Degree is preferred.  Please email your resume and cover letter with major accomplishments to Holly Francis – Merritt, Commissioner of Human Resources at

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