Just in from City Hall:

Newton Director of Planning and Development Announces Retirement

Newton –Candace Havens, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Newton, announced her retirement today, effective Friday, August 15, 2014. Candace was appointed Director of Planning and Development by Mayor Setti Warren in December of 2010. She first joined the City of Newton in September of 2007 and served as Acting Director from January 2010 until her appointment that December.

“I want to thank Candace for her service to the city of Newton. As Director of Planning and Development, Candace has played a critical role in numerous initiatives that have made – and will continue to make – a positive impact on our city. Her commitment to targeted economic development that preserves the character of our villages has laid the groundwork for a more sustainable, livable Newton. I wish Candace the very best of luck in her future endeavors,” Mayor Setti Warren said.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work with the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and our state delegation in service to the City of Newton. We live in a remarkable city filled with extraordinarily talented residents and staff, and being the head of the Planning Department has provided me with an intellectual challenge that I’ve enjoyed and which probably can’t be matched anywhere. Much has been accomplished in Newton in the last seven years and I am proud to have been part of it,” Candace Havens said.

James Freas, Associate Director of Planning and Development, will serve as Acting Director effective Monday, August 18, 2014.

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