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City Names Interim Administrator for Community and Economic Development

March 23, 2012

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City Names Interim Administrator for Community and Economic Development 


RENTON: Mayor Denis Law has appointed Chip Vincent as the interim administrator for the City of Renton’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Department.

Vincent will replace Alex Pietsch who was appointed last week by Governor Christine Gregoire to head the newly created Office of Aerospace. As the interim administrator of CED, Vincent will oversee economic development, land use planning and regulation, and services related to all aspects of the development process, while working with key stakeholders to enhance the economic prosperity, vitality, and livability of the community for Renton citizens. He will be responsible for providing vision, leadership, initiative, management, and coordination to implement the Mayor and City Council's goals for citywide community and economic development. The department is also responsible for analyzing legislation and coordinating the city's response to regional, state, and federal legislative issues that affect Renton.

Vincent has served as the city’s planning director since 2008. In that role he supervised the work of the planning division, which included the application and enforcement of the city’s zoning, shoreline management, and environmental ordinances; review and processing of all land use and subdivision permit applications; representing the city on state, regional and county level growth and planning related boards and committees; and providing technical and professional support to the Planning Commission and City Council committees. Prior to his appointment as Renton's planning director, Vincent worked for twenty years for Pierce County Planning and Land Services.

“Chip has demonstrated his ability to work effectively with city staff and key stakeholders in the community,” said Mayor Law. “We are fortunate that he is willing to step in and serve as the interim administrator and continue to foster economic and community development.”

“It is truly an honor to be appointed to this position,” said Vincent. “I look forward to working with the community as we continue to make Renton a great place for residents and businesses.”

The mayor’s office will undertake a process for selecting Pietsch’s permanent successor over the next couple months.